At its meeting on Tuesday, April 14, the Averill Park Board of Education unanimously adopted the budget for the 2015-2016 school year. The spending plan maintains all current programs and services and includes several enhancements, including restoring Kindergarten to full day, increasing music offerings at the elementary level, funding modified sports, adding a second Distance Learning classroom with additional courses and expanding clubs and activities at all levels.

The $53,906,501 spending plan is an increase of $1,039,316 from the current year’s budget. If approved by voters, it would result in a tax levy increase of 2.25 percent—an increase that meets the district’s legal limit under the state’s tax levy cap legislation. Therefore, Averill Park’s proposed budget requires approval by a simple majority to pass.

Residents are encouraged to attend the Public Budget Hearing on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Averill Park High School cafeteria. The annual budget newsletter containing details of the adopted spending plan, Board of Education candidates and bus purchase proposition will be mailed to all residents after the budget hearing.

Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Averill Park High School Auxiliary Gym, 146 Gettle Rd.


Posted April 15, 2015