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>>
MAY BUDGET MEETINGS
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
School Budget Information
2014-15 Budget Vote: May 20, 2014 at BCHS, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Latest Budget & Finance News
2014-15 budget passes with 69% approval
Voters have approved the 2014-15
budget for Bethlehem Central School District with 2,496 voters in
favor (68.65%) and 1,140 (31.35%) opposed. The bus purchase
proposition has also passed with 2,156 (59.87%) voters in favor and
1,445 (40.13%) opposed.
Joanne Cunningham and Matthew J. Downey were re-elected to 3-year terms on the Board of Education, to begin July 1. Christine Beck was elected to replace outgoing board member Dr. Caitrin Navarro. Beck's term also begins on July 1.
Thank you to everyone who came to the high school today to cast a vote!
April 23, 2014 - At its meeting on Tuesday, April 22, the Bethlehem Central Board of Education unanimously adopted a $92,627,000 proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year. The proposed plan increases spending by $2,212,000, or 2.45 percent. If approved, the budget would include a tax levy increase of 2.99 percent, an amount below the district's calculated tax "cap" of 3.12 percent. READ MORE »
Meet the BOE candidates on May 6; vote on May 20
April 23, 2014 - On May 6, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the BCHS Cafeteria the community will get the chance to meet the four candidates running for the Board of Education. Please submit any questions you would like them to answer at Meet the Candidates Night here. READ MORE & READ CANDIDATE BIOS »
Absentee Ballot Info for the School Budget Vote
April 23, 2014 - Residents who will be out of town or unable to vote in person due to illness or disability can vote by absentee ballot. READ MORE & GET APPLICATION »
April 4, 2014 - The Bethlehem Board of Education moved closer to adopting a proposed 2014-15 budget Wednesday when district administrators updated state aid projections following passage of the final state budget earlier this week. The district will receive an additional $580,000 above what had been allocated under the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal, according to Superintendent Dr. Thomas J. Douglas. READ MORE »
March 21, 2014 -
The Board of Education continued its public discussion of the
2014-15 school district budget with a closer look at Athletics and
Operations & Maintenance. New Athletic Director Len Kies provided an
overview of the district's Athletics programs, student
participation, and costs associated with sports in Bethlehem.
Chief Business and Financial Officer Judith Kehoe offered a summary of the state budget process to date and reviewed updated district budget figures. Click here to view a copy of the presentation or click here for complete video coverage of the Board of Education meeting.
March 7, 2014 -
Public discussion of the school district's budget development for
the 2014-15 school year continued March 5 with
presentations by Kathy Johnston, Director of Special Education and
Student Services (SESS) and Chief Technology Director, Dr. Sal
Chief Business and Financial Officer Judith Kehoe also gave an overall budget update in which she discussed efforts to achieve a balanced budget and the challenges that lie ahead. Click here to view a copy of the presentation or click here to view complete video coverage of the Board of Education meeting.
Preliminary budget reveals $4.8 million gap; full GEA restoration could fill bulk of shortfall
27, 2014 -
The Board of Education began public discussion of the 2014-15
Bethlehem Central School District budget at its meeting on February
26 with a look at preliminary budget figures which show an estimated
gap of $4.8 million for the coming school year.
READ MORE »
VIEW COPY OF FEB. 26 PRESENTATION »
Call to Action: The GEA must go says NYSSBA
NYSSBA has delivered a legislative priority paper on the Gap Elimination Adjustment to all 213 members of the state legislature. The paper detailed the devastating impact of the GEA on school districts through program cuts, staff reductions and loss of student opportunities. Given the Governor’s claimed state budget surplus, NYSSBA made it clear that this reduction in state aid for schools must end now. FULL STORY »
Lynne Lenhardt, BC board member and President of the New York State School Boards Association explains the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA):
Governor’s budget proposal touts aid increases, but GEA cuts result in a decrease in aid for Bethlehem
Jan. 22, 2014 - In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 Executive Budget, released last week, BC would see an overall increase in aid of $113,548, or 0.5%, but would still face an overall loss, due to the GEA, of more than $3.46 million. READ MORE »
Stand up for our schools: More Than 1,000 People Pack CCHS to Fight For Schools in Crisis
Residents asked to call on state leaders to end GEA
Oct. 23, 2013 - More than 1,000 people packed into Colonie Central High School on Thursday, Jan. 30 to hear students, teachers and school district leaders describe how deep aid cuts from the state have impacted schools in the Capital Region, and 80 of these concerned citizens were from Bethlehem Central.
The Bethlehem Central School District is now asking residents to join the effort to let state leaders and area legislators know that the Bethlehem Central School District and its property taxpayers can no longer absorb huge losses in state aid. READ MORE »
What is the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)?
Learn how BC has lost $15.2 million in aid since 2010-11:
Understanding NY State's "2%" Tax Levy Cap, Year 3
Learn why the cap is not actually 2 percent:
2013-14 BC Budget at a glance
• Total Budget: $90,415,000
• Spending Increase: 2.51%
• Tax Levy Increase: 3.59% (below so-called “cap” of 3.64%)
• Budget Reductions: $221,000
• Reserves used: $1,750,000
Tax Rates for 2013-14 READ MORE »
Video: What is the Value of a Bethlehem Central Education?
In this video, we highlight many of the amazing accomplishments of our students and their varied activities. WATCH VIDEO »
Chief Business & Financial Officer
What will I be voting on MAY 20?
• 2014-15 Proposed Budget: $92,627,000
• An $879,000 bus proposition to replace eight large buses
• Three members of the Board of Education
BCSD's Budget History
General Budget Info
• What is NY's Property Tax Cap? [VIDEO]
• Long Range Planning Document [PDF]