April 20, 2010 - At its monthly meeting
on April 19, the North Colonie Board of Education officially
adopted the proposed 2010-11 budget of $91,150,000. The
budget proposal, which voters will consider at the polls on
May 18, carries a projected tax increase of 3.6 percent.
Due to rising costs such as health insurance, pension
contributions and contractual salary increases and a 12
percent loss of state aid under the Governor’s proposal, the
Board entered its budget process on March 8 with a nearly $4
million gap between projected expenditures and revenues.
Superintendent for Business, Thomas J. Rybaltowski estimated
at that time that it would take a tax increase of about
11.34 percent to close this gap through local property taxes
alone, which was unacceptable given the financial situation
New York State and its citizens are currently facing.
Throughout the months of March and April, the Board of
Education held weekly Budget Committee meetings to review
all components of the proposed budget. The Board trimmed
$3.2 million in program cuts across each budget area. The
cuts include 12 instructional positions, consisting of seven
positions at the elementary level, 1.4 positions at Shaker
Junior High School and 3.6 positions at Shaker High School.
The district withdrew a proposal to
expand student walk zones, thereby eliminating the need for
additional students to walk to school.
“Each reduction that was discussed was a difficult one,”
Superintendent Randy Ehrenberg said. “I am very appreciative
of the work of our administrative team, the Board of
Education and the community members who are serving on our
District Budget Committee this year.".”
Each week, dedicated community members attended these
meetings, offered valuable suggestions and shared concerns
and comments with the Board in an effort to help shape a
budget that would best reflect the needs of the North
“We offer our sincere gratitude and extend our hands in
respect to the North Colonie community,” Board President
Mary Nardolillo said. “We had to make some very tough
decisions. Since our motivation to serve on this Board of
Education is to champion for our students, this was a
particularly difficult process.”
North Colonie will be holding a Budget Forum and Meet the
Board Candidates Night, on Thursday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. at
Shaker Junior High School. Residents are encouraged to
attend to learn more about the district's budget proposal
and the board candidates and their positions on important
The annual school budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May
18 at all Elementary Schools and the Goodrich Building, from
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.