Budget Updates 2015

Voters pass school budget

posted May 20, 2015, 6:46 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated May 20, 2015, 6:46 AM ]

[May 20, 2015] On May 19, an estimated 78% of Ramapo Central voters passed the 2015-16 school budget, which is within the state tax cap, fulfills new State mandates and expands staffing to support continued, robust instructional programming aligned with student needs and interests. 

“I would like to thank our community for their continued support of the school budget,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas S. Adams. “This will ensure that we maintain and expand our excellent educational programs as well as our broad array of athletic and extra-curricular activities, engaging our students in a variety of positive experiences.”

The $131,693,736 budget represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.01% and a tax levy increase of 1.54%. For more information on the approved budget, click here.

Proposition 2, which would have permitted the District to use existing Capital Reserve Fund monies to replace two athletic turf fields at Suffern Middle School, was not approved by our voters.  While there is unanimous agreement among Board members that the fields must be replaced, the Board has yet to decide how best to do so.  Over the next several weeks, the Board of Education and administration will be discussing this at public meetings.  

Theresa DiFalco and Teresa Monahan were re-elected to the Board of Education, and Clarke Osborn, who had previously served on the Board, was elected to a new term. Each of the three seats carries a three-year term which begins July 1, 2015 and concludes June 30, 2018.

District residents to vote May 19

posted Apr 22, 2015, 11:34 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Apr 22, 2015, 11:34 AM ]

[April 22, 2015] Residents of the Ramapo Central School District will vote Tuesday, May 19 on the proposed 2015-16 school budget. The $131,693,736 budget represents a budget-to-budget increase of 1.01% and a tax levy increase of 1.54%. For more information on the proposed budget, click here. 

Also on the ballot is a voter referendum (Proposition 2) on a capital project. Residents will be asked to vote on whether the District may use existing Capital Reserve Fund monies in the amount of $850,000 to replace two athletic turf fields at Suffern Middle School. This proposed capital project is at no additional cost to taxpayers. For more information on the proposed capital project, click here.

Voters will also elect Board of Education members for three available seats. Candidates are: Theresa DiFalco, Joseph Gravagna, Teresa Monahan and Clarke Osborn.

Polls are open from 6am-9pm. Voters must report to their assigned school budget election district. 

Polling locations are as follows:


  • Cherry Lane Elementary School, 1 Heather Drive, Suffern
  • Hillburn Administration Building, 45 Mountain Avenue, Hillburn
  • RP Connor Elementary School, 13 Cypress Road, Suffern
  • Sloatsburg Elementary School, 11 Second Street, Sloatsburg
  • Suffern Middle School, 80 Hemion Road, Suffern


Click here for a map.


Not sure where to go? Call (845) 357-7783 x11234 to confirm your polling place.


Every vote counts. Please remember to vote.

Budget development process draws to a close

posted Apr 15, 2015, 1:11 PM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Apr 15, 2015, 1:18 PM ]

[April 15, 2015] At the District’s final budget workshop on April 14, Assistant Superintendent for Business Kelly Seibert presented the proposed 2015-16 budget which totals $131.70 million, representing a 1.02% budget-to-budget increase and a tax levy increase of 1.54%.

An estimated 1.02% increase in expenditures is attributable to mandated contractual expenses and the addition of staff positions to reflect new State regulations regarding instruction of “English as a New Language” learners. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Stephen Walker spoke in detail about the proposed staffing additions.

“I am excited about these positions and about the opportunities we have to develop a robust program in our District and to make available the full complement of services and supports to all students and their families,” he said. 

Also included in the proposed budget is the addition of a full-time music teacher at Suffern High School to meet the ever-increasing student interest in our District’s music program.

In terms of revenue, the District will benefit from an overall State Aid increase of $1.2 million and proposes the use of $320,618 in reserves to balance the 2015-16 budget.

The Board of Education will vote on the adoption of the proposed 2015-16 budget at its April 21 meeting at Suffern Middle School.

To view the budget presentation, click here.

Proposed capital project will replace fields at no cost to taxpayers

posted Apr 15, 2015, 1:06 PM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Apr 16, 2015, 7:03 AM ]

[April 15, 2015] At its April 21 meeting, the Board will also vote on including a proposition on the May ballot for a voter referendum on a capital project to replace athletic turf fields at Suffern Middle School.  These fields are an integral part of our physical education and athletic program and are in regular use by students.  Beyond that, groups throughout our community use these facilities throughout the year, weather permitting.  

The existing turf fields at Suffern Middle School are in the final year of their lifespan and exhibit irreparable deterioration. Field conditions are compromised by tears, depressions and overall wear that pose potential risk to athlete safety.

This proposed capital project is at no additional cost to taxpayers. Rather, residents would be asked to vote on whether the District may use existing Capital Reserve Funds in the amount of $850,000 to pay for field replacement.  This reserve was created and funded with voter approval in 2007 to fund projects such as this.  

The estimated project cost encompasses replacement of the stadium and alternative fields at Suffern Middle School, as well as architect and engineering fees. Assistant Superintendent for Business Kelly Seibert noted that this cost would allow the District to choose the safest, most cost-effective replacement option at no cost to taxpayers.

The current Capital Reserve Fund balance is $1.71 million. Building Aid on previously completed Capital Reserve Projects, received from the State each year, is deposited into the District’s Capital Reserve Fund.

For more information about the proposed capital project, click here.

Second Budget Workshop postponed until March 31

posted Mar 13, 2015, 10:47 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 10:47 AM ]

[March 13, 2015] Due to continued delays in the release of state aid runs, the Budget Workshop originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has been postponed until Tuesday, March 31.

The March 31 presentation will be held at 6:30pm in the District Administrative Offices in Hillburn.

Budget development process is underway

posted Feb 13, 2015, 9:11 AM by Doreen Dedrick   [ updated Feb 13, 2015, 9:11 AM ]

[February 13, 2015] Due to the governor’s decision to delay the release of state aid runs, our District has been unable to prepare a preliminary budget. However, information regarding the multiple budget factors, estimated maximum allowable tax levy and estimated employee benefit costs was provided at the February 10 budget workshop. As of the workshop date, the estimated maximum allowable tax levy was 1.55%.


Assistant Superintendent for Business Kelly Seibert cautioned that initial projections are likely to change as information from the state becomes available. He also detailed additional factors impacting this year’s budget development process, including:


  • the District’s cumulative $12.5M loss of funds since 2010 due to the Gap Elimination Adjustment;
  • a $700,000 loss in June 2014, resulting from state building aid adjustment;
  • the deteriorating fiscal health of local village, town and county governments as set forth by the NYS Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System;
  • decreased assessed property values over the past decade;
  • potential tax certiorari liability of $3.2M for the current year;
  • ongoing PILOT (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) agreements;
  • potential impact of the proposed Tuxedo STEM Academy;
  • projected enrollment decline, resulting in the loss of an estimated 344 students by 2019;
  • expiring contracts for its six of the District’s seven bargaining units (Supervisors of Business contract was settled); and,
  • the 1.62% Consumer Price Index for 2015-16.


Seibert also reported some good news regarding the District’s fiscal stability (a current score of 0% on the NYS Comptroller’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System), and decreased contribution rates for TRS/ERS and health benefits in 2015-16.


Upcoming Board budget workshops will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 17 and Tuesday, April 14 at the Administrative Offices in Hillburn. The Board elections and budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19. 


Information regarding the budget development process can be found on the District website at http://www.ramapocentral.org. Questions regarding the budget may be submitted via email to mailto:budget@ramapocentral.org.

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