On Monday, April 24, the Gloversville Board of Education adopted a proposed school budget of $61,506,612 for 2017-18 that calls for a 1.51 percent increase in the tax levy, keeping the district within the state’s 2 percent “tax cap.”
Gloversville Enlarged School District residents will go to the polls Tuesday, May 16, to vote on the budget. Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Gloversville High School Gymnasium, 199 Lincoln St., and in Bleecker Town Hall, 105 County Hwy. 112.
Despite an increase of 1.08 percent over the 2016-17 budget, the proposed 2017-18 budget trims $1.5 million from district expenditures.
The declining enrollment in the district has made four teaching positions unnecessary, mostly at the high school level, for a savings of $201,900.
The district also is curbing its use of the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service and cutting its grant service hours to save about $65,000.
Enrollment of fewer students in the Career and Technical Education program at HFM BOCES, as well as the PTECH and Agriculture PTECH, will result in a savings of $235,165.
The district’s planned reconfiguration of its elementary schools for the start of the 2017-18 school year will save the district more than $855,000, mostly through staffing reductions. This includes five elementary teachers, one administrator, five custodians, two clerical positions, and one nurse.