Budget Vote:
May 20, 2014 at BCHS, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

If the proposed 2014-15 district budget is approved by voters, the plan will include a property tax levy increase of 2.99 percent. It is expected that the resulting tax rates will decrease by 3.57 percent. Rates are expected to be the same in both the Town of Bethlehem and the Town of New Scotland. To help residents ESTIMATE the budget's impact on their tax bill, use the calculator below. Final tax rates will not be available until August. Click here for calculator>>


Please join us and offer your input on BCSD budget issues. All meetings will be held in the BCHS Library & Media Center.

May 6, 6:30 p.m.:Meet the Candidates Night (sponsored by the League of Women Voters)

May 7, 7 p.m.:Budget Hearing

May 20, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.:Budget Vote, BCHS

May 21, 7 p.m.:Board of Education meeting





BC News

Feb. 29, 2012

Community discusses bridging a $4.4 million gap

More than 200 residents meet in-person, online to discuss potential savings areas

The district has asked the community what it values most and what it can support when it comes to a Bethlehem education, and more than 200 people made their voices heard at Tuesday night's Community Budget Forum.

Community Budget Forum online survey results

Community members who participated in the online forum were asked to complete a survey on the proposed cuts and the possibility of exceeding the tax levy cap. Click the above image to see the results of that survey [PDF].

"I really appreciate the level of community involvement we had Tuesday night," said Superintendent Thomas Douglas. "The discussions held that night will be very important to the district and the board as we move forward in our budgeting process."

At the beginning of the forum, Chief Budget and Financial Officer Judith Kehoe detailed the district's revenues and expenditures, and the $4.4 million budget gap that would still exist even if the community approved a maximum allowable tax levy increase of 2.72-2.98 percent.

Click here to see the slides from that presentation [PDF].

After the recap, Superintendent Thomas Douglas and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jody Monroe rolled out a list of potential cuts or reductions that may have to be made to bridge the gap. That list included, but is not limited to, cuts in Elementary and Secondary  instructional and co-curricular programs, Special Education, Athletics, Administration, Operations and Maintenance and  Transportation.

"We understand that none of these potential cuts or reductions is going to be popular," said Douglas, "but to not bring them up for consideration would be irresponsible."

Materials related to the budget process and Feb. 28 community budget forum:

Facilitator's notes from Computer Lab #1.

Facilitator's notes from Computer Lab #2.

Facilitator's notes from table 1

Facilitator's notes from table 2

Facilitator's notes from tables 3 and 4.

Facilitator's notes from tables 5 and 6.

Facilitator's notes from tables 7, 8 and 9.

Click here to see a detailed list of the proposals and their impacts [PDF].

Click here for video of the meeting and budget forum,

Click here to view video of the webcasted portion of the Feb. 28 community budget forum.

Click here for the transcript of the February 28 web chat [PDF].

Click here to read more about the district's budget picture.

Understanding the new Property Tax Levy Cap

Agendas, minutes and video of previous meetings can be found here. The 2012-13 budget planning calendar can be found here

Read Superintendent Douglas' note on becoming involved in the budget process here.

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