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Information About the Proposed 2020-21 School Budget
Due to the COVID-19 virus, voting for the annual School District Budget and Board of Education election will be done by absentee ballot only. Residents of the Lake George Central School District will begin to receive absentee ballots and the school district budget newsletter in the mail in the coming days.
The Lake George Central School District worked hard to contain costs for the 2020-21 budget. The district reduced the original budget proposal by $276,000 and kept the overall budget-to-budget increase to $94,281, which is less than half a percent ~ 0.4%.
The proposed tax levy increase is 1.5%, which is well below the district’s maximum allowable tax levy cap of 2.26%.
The district has been able to maintain programs and services and achieve cost savings through:
- Retirements ~ one of the five vacated positions due to retirement will remain unfilled. One of the vacated positions will be realigned to support IEPs and social-emotional learning needs.
- The bus fleet will be reduced by one bus and two vans.
- Active and retired teachers agreed to switch to a lower cost alternative for health insurance.
The district will use $942,747 from the fund balance and $350,000 from appropriated reserves to reduce the burden on taxpayers.
The only special ballot proposition is for the bus purchase. The district is looking to replace two 60-passenger buses.
Four people are running for two seats on the Board of Education. Please click here to read about each candidate. Candidates in the order in which they will appear on the ballot:
- Jeannine Bieber
- Rosemarie Earl
- Jay Salmon
- Tom Seguljic
“I am really proud of the collaborative process the district used to intentionally craft a plan that supports the district’s mission, vision, and values. Everyone involved – from the Board of Education to interested community members – modeled respect, empathy, and accountability for the current situation in which we are all living,” said Superintendent Rutnik.
Absentee ballots need to be completed and returned to the district via mail by June 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. (Statewide Uniform Voting Day).
The district held a Virtual Public Hearing on the proposed 2020-2021 school budget on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 5 p.m. Please click here for the link to view.
Process to Ensure Privacy When Counting Absentee Ballots
Education Law provides that an envelope containing a returned absentee ballot is not to be opened until a determination is made that there is no reason for rejecting the ballot, which could happen if, for example, the voter fails to provide the signature required by law to appear on the envelope containing the ballot. Once such a determination is made and the envelope opened, the ballot is withdrawn without unfolding and deposited into the proper ballot box. As a result, at the time of counting, the ballots will not be linked to the envelope in which they were returned.
Pursuant to the express language of the Education Law, absentee ballots must remain folded until they are actually counted.
Please make sure you:
- Fill out the Oath envelope completely
- Sign the Oath envelope
- Place the Oath envelope into the postage-paid return envelope
- Place the return envelope in the mail so it will be received by the district no later than 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020
Each absentee ballot in your household should be placed in its own Oath envelope and returned in its own postage-paid return envelope.