On Monday, May 18, the North Colonie Board of Education adopted a $117,979,501 budget proposal for the 2020-21 school year. As per the Governor’s executive order, all voting for the school budget and school board election on June 9 must be done via absentee ballot.
This year’s budget maintains all programs and services, while providing a 0.9% estimated tax rate decrease for the community.
“The pandemic has created unprecedented budgeting challenges for school districts across the state,” said Superintendent Joe Corr. “Nevertheless, we remain mission focused, ensuring academic excellence in a safe learning environment.”
While the proposed budget eliminates 12.7 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions in the district through staff attrition, no staff members are being cut. The spending plan maintains educational programs at their current level and includes expenses allocated for a safe return to school.
In addition to the budget proposal, voters also will elect candidates to fill two seats on the North Colonie Board of Education. Both seats are for full five-year terms. More information on the candidates who are running can be found here.
Further information about what is contained in this year’s budget will be sent to district residents over the next few weeks.
Save the Dates:
Budget Hearing & Board of Education Meet the Candidates Night
Thursday, May 28, 2020, 7 p.m.
This will be held via livestream. The link will be emailed and posted on the district website on the day of the forum.
2020-21 Budget Vote & Board Election
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 via absentee ballot.
Absentee Ballot Information
Qualified voters on the most recent years’ school district poll list will be automatically sent an absentee ballot.
Anyone who meets the definition of a “qualified voter” but does not believe they will be on the school district’s poll list (which includes names of residents who voted in a school election within the past five years), please contact District Clerk Jane Dawson by email at DistrictClerk@ncolonie.org or by calling (518) 785-8591, ext. 3126 as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of an absentee ballot for the 2020 school election.
All absentee ballots must be returned by 5 p.m. on June 9.