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.