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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>>

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

 

 

 

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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!

BOE adopts proposed 2014-15 budget

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

Final state aid figures provide clearer budget picture; major budget update given

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

Athletics, Operations & Maintenance are focus of March 19 budget presentatation

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.

Budget development continues with look at Special Education and Technology

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 DeAngelo.

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

Feb. 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

Judith Kehoe

Phone: (518) 439-7481
Fax: (518) 475-0352

 

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

2013-14 Budget Newsletter

Proposed 2013-14 Budget Expenses [PDF]

Proposed 2013-14 Budget Revenues [PDF]

BC Budget Vote History 

BC Bond Vote History 

 

General Budget Info

What is NY's Property Tax Cap? [VIDEO]

Understanding Your District's Tax Cap/Limit

What is the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)? [Click here for a VIDEO]

About Contingent Budgets

What are School Mandates?

The Cost of NY Employee Pensions

 

Voter Information

Voter Information and Eligibility

Absentee Ballot Information 

Run for the Board of Education

Sample Absentee Ballot [PDF]

 

Advocacy

Become an advocate for Bethlehem students

 

Tax Information

School Tax Rates

Property Tax Report Card

Understanding STAR (School TAx Relief)

 

Documents

Financial Statement - June 30, 2013 [PDF]

Financial Statement - June 30, 2012 [PDF]

Financial Statement - June 30, 2011 [PDF]

Long Range Planning Document [PDF]

Employee Contracts