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Budget Information 2024-2025

The development of a school district’s budget is a thoughtful, year-long, multi-faceted process that includes careful long-term planning, budget preparation, presentation, review by the Board of Education and community members, formal budget adoption, further sharing with the community, and Board election. During this process there are a variety of meetings held by the Board of Education, including Budget Work Sessions, which are used by the Board of Education to gather information and ask questions about particular sections of the budget. The Pittsford Central School District community is invited and encouraged to attend and observe the Budget Work Sessions as they are open to the public. Community members will have the opportunity to comment at the subsequent regular Board of Education meetings, during the time allotted for public comment.

All meetings take place in the Barker Road Middle School McCluski Room.

Tuesday, February 6, 6-7 p.m.

Budget Work Session

Tuesday, February 27, 6-7 p.m.
Budget Work Session

Tuesday, March 12, 6-7 p.m.         
Budget Work Session


Tuesday, April 16, 7-9 p.m.
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*Pending NYS Budget
Budget Adoption and Regular Board of Education Meeting. Budget Adoption is placed on the agenda of the regular Board of Education meeting. During this meeting, the Board of Education formally votes to adopt the budget created during the Budget Work Sessions.

Monday, May 6, 7-9 p.m.                     
PTSA Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night

Tuesday, May 14, 7-9 p.m.
Budget Hearing and Regular Board of Education Meeting. The Public Budget Hearing is the formal presentation of the Board of Education’s adopted budget which will later be voted on by residents at the annual Budget Vote and Board of Education Election.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Barker Road Middle School Gymnasium 

Budget Vote and Board Election. Voter identification is required.

2024-2025 Budget Vote and School Board Election
May 21, 2024 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Barker Road Middle School Gymnasium 

Maintains and Enhances Programs and Services
As Pittsford residents head to the polls for the School District’s 2024-25 Budget Vote and School Board Election, they’ll see a proposed budget that maintains District academic programs and continues to put students first. They may also notice a significant reduction, compared to what was forecasted, in New York State Aid. While New York State is reporting a 3.53% increase in Pittsford’s 2024-2025 State Aid package, 3.03% of this Aid is in a form PCSD cannot use. As a result, the expected usable NYS Foundation Aid will only increase by $1,161 for the 2024-2025 school year budget. Additionally, the District Planning Team, with representation from every stakeholder group, tackled a $600,000 budget gap caused by a decrease in expiring State Aid funds from the American Rescue Plan that were targeted for COVID relief.

To address the gap in funding, the District Planning Team worked hard to find areas where efficiencies could be gained by combining certain positions and reducing others through attrition. Higher than expected interest earnings and the use of revenue reserves also helped to mitigate the impact of the gap. While all school districts feel the impact of inflation and compression from minimum wage, we are fortunate to present a balanced budget, while preserving programs.

Despite challenges, the 2024-2025 budget maintains a focus on student needs, support services, and safety/security upgrades. The District continues to invest funds in technology for the 1:1 student device initiative which allows every student to have access to a laptop/iPad.

Tax Levy Increase of 2.69% is within the Tax Cap
The proposed 2024-2025 budget reflects a tax levy increase of 2.69% which is within the Tax Cap. The Property Tax Cap for PCSD is 2.69% as calculated by the New York State Property Tax Levy Cap Formula. This brings our two-year average tax levy increase to 1.39%.

Applications for Early Mail and Absentee Ballots
Applications for early mail and absentee ballots may be obtained from the school district clerk’s office, 75 Barker Road, Pittsford, NY 14534. A list of early mail and absentee voters will be available for public inspection in the Office of the District Clerk before the election, as required by law. Military voters as defined by Commissioner’s regulation Part 122 who are qualified voters of the district, may apply for a military ballot during school business hours at the office of the district clerk, 75 Barker Road, Pittsford, New York, 14534, in person or by mail. A military voter may designate a preference to receive an application by mail, facsimile transmission or electronic mail. Completed applications for military ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on April 25, 2024. All early mail, absentee ballots, and military ballots must be received in the Office of the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. local time on May 21, 2024.

Three Propositions:

Propositions will NOT result in additional taxes or issuance of debt

  • Proposition 1: Capital Reserve Fund - Purchase of Buses
    Authorization to withdraw from the “Capital Reserve Fund - Purchase of Buses” (savings account) a sum of money not to exceed $2,229,241 to be used for the purchase of 13 replacement buses and communications equipment used in the operation of such buses. State Aid generated on these purchases will be returned to the Capital Reserve Fund―Purchase of Buses.
     
  • Proposition 2: Capital Reserve Fund - Instructional Technology Reserve
    Authorization to establish a reserve fund to be known as the "Capital Instructional Technology Reserve Fund." The ultimate amount of such fund shall not exceed $15,000,000 plus accrued interest. The fund shall be used to finance, in whole or in part, the purchase of equipment, including computer equipment (i.e. hardware, software, related networking infrastructure and related peripherals). The maximum term of the Capital Instructional Technology Reserve Fund shall be 10 years, and the source of money to be paid into such reserve fund shall include excess revenue, unencumbered appropriations, unreserved fund balance of the school district or budgetary appropriation.
     
  • Proposition 3: Capital Reserve Fund - Instructional Technology Reserve
    Authorization to withdraw from the “Capital Instructional Technology Reserve” (savings account) a sum of money not to exceed $500,000 to be used for the purchase of laptops to support the 1:1 device program. 

Three Candidates for Three Board of Education Seats
There are three candidates running for three Board of Education seats. The candidates are listed below as they will appear on the ballot per legal drawing order: 

          
Sarah Pelusio
Sarah Pelusio
5 Trailwood Circle 
Rochester, NY 14618

sarah.pelusio@gmail.com

Seeking second term
  • Currently a member of the Pittsford Central School District Board of Education
  • PCSD Board of Education Legislative Liaison
  • Member of the PCSD Advocacy Team and PCSD Board of Education Communications and Messaging Sub-committee
  • Co-chair of the Monroe County School Board Association (MCSBA) Legislative Committee
  • Member of the MCSBA Information Exchange, Labor Relations, and Steering committees
  • Legislative Liaison for MCSBA
  • Pittsford PTSA Past President, Legislative Chair, and Allen Creek Co-chair
  • Former member of the Pittsford District Planning Team, PCSD Reopening/Scenario Planning Committee, PCSD Instructional Leadership Council, and Parent Advisory Council to the Superintendent
  • B.S. in Hospitality and Service Management from Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Parent of three children in the District 
          
René Sanchez-Kazacos
René Sanchez-Kazacos
7 Tall Acres Dr.
Pittsford, NY 14534

rmsk30@gmail.com

Seeking third term
  • Member of the Pittsford Central School District Board of Education since 2017
  • Currently serves as a member of the Audit Oversight Committee, member of BOE Sub-committee on Community Engagement, and member of BOE Sub-committee on Communication and Messaging
  • Former Teacher Center Policy Board BOE Liaison from 2017-2021
  • Educational Coordinator for the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y.
  • Social studies teacher in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District
  • Member of the New York Council for Social Studies and the Rochester Council for Social Studies
  • Local member of ED5/6 since 2017
  • Former New York State United Teachers voting delegate
  • B.A. and M.A. in Education from SUNY Fredonia
  • Parent of two children in the District 
          
Jeffrey Casey
Jeffrey Casey
30 Wenhan Lane
Pittsford, NY 14534

jeff.casey4pittsfordboe@gmail.com

Seeking second term
  • Currently serves as the Vice President of the Pittsford Central School District Board of Education
  • Member of the PCSD Board of Education Audit Oversight Committee
  • Member of the PCSD Board of Education Communications and Messaging Sub-committee
  • Attorney and Counsel for the Americas at Cooper Vision
  • Past Chair of the Monroe County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer’s Section
  • Volunteer with the University at Buffalo Law School Mentor Program
  • J.D. from the University of Buffalo
  • B.A. in History from SUNY Fredonia
  • Parent of two students in the District

Contingent Budget
Per NYS law, school boards can submit a budget to the voters a maximum of two times, then a “Contingent Budget” must be implemented. If the proposed budget is defeated once, the Board may conduct a revote or go straight to a Contingent Budget. NYS law requires that a Contingent Budget not include certain non-ordinary contingent expenses AND that the new budget must have a Tax Levy that is not greater than the previous year’s Tax Levy. The Board of Education is charged with determining a Contingent Budget. A Contingent Budget would result in a reduction of over $3.01 million in budget support, resulting in a potential reduction in programs and services.

Absentee Ballot Election
Voting will be in person. For absentee ballots, visit: pittsfordschools.org/absenteeballot.

Voter Identification Required
Qualified voters must be: U.S. citizens, residents of the District for at least 30 days prior to the election, and 18 years of age or older. Proof of residency may include the following valid and current documents: New York State driver’s license; New York State non-driver identification card; utility bill; or, voter registration card. Voters shall also be required to provide their signature and printed name.