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Budget Information 2022-2023

2022-2023 School Budget Passes

The Pittsford Central School District 2022-2023 School Budget Passed. Thank you to the PCSD community for your support.

The results are as follows: 3,466 total voters

Budget: $149,598,788, within the tax cap

Yes: 2,419

No: 998

Proposition 1:  Purchase 12 Replacement Buses from Bus Purchase Capital Reserve Fund

Yes: 2,726

No: 686

Proposition 2:  1:1 Device Purchases with Capital Technology Reserve

Yes: 2,753

No: 661

Board of Education: Two Seats, Four Candidates

Nancy Clifford Lewis:  955 votes

David Berk: 1,534 votes

Emily Kay: 1,937 votes

Tricia González-Johnson: 1,333 votes      

2022-2023 Proposed Budget Vote and Board of Education Election

2022-2023 Budget Vote and School Board Election
May 17, 2022 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Barker Road Middle School Gymnasium

Maintains and Enhances Programs and Services
The proposed 2022-2023 budget was developed with the assumption that programs and student needs will continue to evolve in the “post-pandemic” climate. Decisions were guided by the Board of Education’s Budget Guidelines, are student-based, provide high-quality professional learning, and are sensitive to limited resources and maintaining fiscal stability into the future. The proposed budget continues the work of the current year with a focus on student needs, social-emotional support services, addressing learning gaps, and continuous improvement in the areas of diversity, equity & inclusion. This work is largely accomplished through necessary investment in social-emotional health supports.

The budget and District operations continue to be challenged by personnel shortages and substantially increasing costs for goods and services, coupled with supply chain delays. Therefore, the proposed budget also keeps a cautious eye to the future.

Within the Property Tax Cap of 2.53%
The Property Tax Cap for PCSD is 2.53% as calculated by the New York State Property Tax Levy Cap Formula. While commonly referred to as the “2% Tax Cap” (because the law limits one factor of a complex formula to 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less), the maximum Tax Levy Limit may be higher or lower than 2% depending on each school district’s allowable formula adjustments and exemptions.

NYS Foundation Aid Following Many Years of Advocacy
Until the 2021-22 fiscal year, NYS has consistently underfunded NYS school Foundation (General Operating) Aid. Each year the formula and actual aid paid became increasingly inequitable. The recent result was that some schools were receiving 120% of what the law would provide while high performing districts like Pittsford (whose residents are above-average income earners) were receiving approximately 54% annually of what the law prescribed. Commencing in 2021-2022, NYS committed to moving annually underfunded districts to 100% over a three-year “phase-in.” The 2022-2023 NYS Budget continues this commitment, with PCSD receiving 78% of what the law prescribed, resulting in a $3.8 million increase in Foundation Aid. While it is highly unlikely that NYS will pay PCSD the $101 million it owes in arrears from the previous fifteen years, this year’s increase was paramount to addressing the learning, behavior and social-emotional needs coming out of the pandemic -- a unique level of funding to match a unique level of student needs.

Education for All
In order to address the heightened needs of students and the effects of the pandemic on learning and social-emotional health, the 2022-2023 Proposed Budget takes into account the need for continuing education and professional development of District personnel.

In support of its commitment to continuous improvement, PCSD will continue its work related to the Code of Conduct, restorative practices, diversity equity & inclusion (DEI), one-to-one student devices, and developing curriculum and professional development to enhance instructional effectiveness.

Two Propositions:

Propositions will NOT result in additional taxes or issuance of debt

  • Proposition 1 - Purchase of Buses 
    Authorization to withdraw from the “Capital Reserve Fund – Purchase of Buses” (savings account) a sum of $1,578,192 to be used for the purchase of 12 replacement buses. Using reserves for this purchase will generate approximately $930,000 in State Aid to replenish the Reserve.

  • Proposition 2 - Capital Reserve Fund - Instructional Technology
    Authorization to withdraw from the “Capital Reserve Fund – Instructional Technology” (savings account) a sum of $725,000 to be used for the purchase of student technology devices (laptop computers, iPads and related software, supplies and infrastructure) to supplement a 1:1 student technology learning program and replace beyond-useful life devices, used in the grades six through nine instructional program.

Four Candidates for Two Board of Education Seats

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

          Nancy Clifford Lewis
          Dave Berk
          Emily Kay
          Tricia González-Johnson

For biographies please visit: Board of Education Candidates

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 an almost $2.7 million reduction in budget support, resulting in a potential reduction in programs and services.

Absentee Ballot Election
Absentee ballot applications must be returned by May 16, 2022, to the District Clerk at 75 Barker Rd., Pittsford, NY 14534.

Voters may fill out an application and ballot in person on or before May 16 between 8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Ballots can be accepted up until 5 p.m. on the day of the vote, May 17, 2022, as long as the absentee ballot application is on file.

To learn more or to download the absentee ballot application, please visit www.pittsfordschools.org/absenteeballot. Please contact the District Clerk at deborah_carpenter@pittsford.monroe.edu or 267-1005 if you have any questions.

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.

COVID-19 health protocols will be followed.

Budget Information 2022-2023

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. These sessions are held outside of regular Board of Education meetings. Most decisions will be discussed during these sessions, however, formal action is only taken during Board of Education meetings.

The Pittsford Central School District community is invited and encouraged to attend and observe these 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.

Due to COVID-19, public attendance/participation at Board meetings may be virtual. On the day of a Board meeting, links will be posted to the District website at www.pittsfordschools.org for the public to use for viewing/listening, participation in the public comment section of the Board meeting, and closed captioning.

Meeting Schedule for 2022-23 Budget Development

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 6 - 7 p.m.
Barker Road Middle School, McCluski Room
Budget Work Session. Work Sessions are used by the Board of Education to gather information and ask questions about particular sections of the budget. These sessions are held outside of regular Board of Education meetings and are used to develop the budget. Most decisions will be discussed during these sessions, however, formal action is only taken during Board of Education meetings.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 6 - 7 p.m.
Barker Road Middle School, McCluski Room
Budget Work Session

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 6 - 7 p.m.
Barker Road Middle School, McCluski Room              
Budget Work Session.


NEW DATE
Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 7 p.m.*

Barker Road Middle School, McCluski Room              
*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. (The March 29 and April 12 Board of Education Meeting dates are canceled.)

Thursday, May 5, 2022, 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Barker Road Middle School, McCluski Room                          
PTSA Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 2021, 7 p.m.
Barker Road Middle School, McCluski Room
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
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Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Barker Road Middle School Gymnasium

Budget Vote and Board Election. Voter identification is required.