May 26th Public Hearing On Budget and Board Candidates
The Board of Education held their annual budget hearing on Tuesday, May 26th via YouTube Live. Michelle Brantner, Superintendent and Anthony Sonnacchio, School Business Administrator, reviewed details of the proposed 2020-2021 budget, bus proposition and board candidates. Access the video below to view the evening's presentation. In addition we've provided a link to a video outlining the absentee ballot process.
Board of Education Candidate Information
NOTE: Tune into the "Meet the Candidates" virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:30 pm (YouTube Live Link) - sponsored by the KCH PTO and DMS PTA.
Marcellus residents will elect two members of the Board of Education as part of the June 9, 2020 budget vote and election. The following four candidates filed petitions with the district office by the May 11th deadline. Those elected will each serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2023. The non-incumbent with the greatest number of votes may also complete the remaining portion of the unexpired term of a former board member immediately upon taking an oath of office. Please click on any photo below to view biographical information of each candidate.
Absentee Ballot Information
Absentee ballots were mailed to eligible voters on Thursday, May 28th and are expected to be delivered to resident's mailboxes by no later than Saturday, May 30th. A list of voters sent an absentee ballot can be retrieved by following this link. District residents should return their absentee ballot using the self-addressed, stamped envelope in a timely fashion to ensure delivery to the District Clerk by 5:00 p.m. June 9, 2020. Anyone who did not receive an absentee ballot should contact the District Clerk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at (315) 673-6001 as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of an absentee ballot for the 2020 school election. Ballots can also be placed in the ballot box located inside the Driver Middle School main office vestibule, 2 Reed Parkway, Marcellus, NY Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, and until 5:00 pm on June 9th. For an overview of the absentee ballot process please read this document or view the video below.
School Bus Proposition
This year's ballot includes a proposition to purchase one 35-passenger school bus as part of the district's 10 year bus replacement plan. Smaller buses such as this are used by school districts to transport students to out-of-district locations such as BOCES, work study programs, and parochial schools. This bus will replace a similar 30-passenger vehicle purchased in 2011 with roughly 140,000 miles on it. As a side note, representatives from the district's transportation department convened a short time ago to explore opportunities to economize our transportation program. As a result of this study it was determined the district could reduce three runs in the 2020-2021 school year with only minimal disruption to ride times for our students. Therefore the district intends to dispose of but not replace three 66-passenger school buses, effectively reducing annual salary costs by $60,000 and annual principal and interest payments by $70,000 for years 2021 through 2025.
Board of Education Adopts Proposed 2020-2021 School Budget
School Superintendent Michelle Brantner provided an overview of the proposed 2020-2021 budget during the May 18, 2020 school board meeting. During these extraordinary times developing the upcoming year's budget has been challenging given the less-than-clear picture with regard to aid from the State. Please view the video below for the May 18th budget update.
Budget Notice and Required Attachments
The budget Statement and required attachments must be made available to the public on the school district’s website at least seven days before the Budget Hearing date. Required documents include:
- Required Budget Notice
- Budget Statement – proposed budget in three-part format separated into three components (administration, program and capital), prepared in plain language.
- District Academic Report Card – most recent school academic report cards outlining student performance
- Property Tax Report Card
- District’s Fiscal Accountability Summary
- Salary Disclosure Requirements
- Exemption Reporting for Taxing Jurisdictions – Chapter 258 of the Laws of 2008 added Section 495 to the Real Property Tax Law requiring counties, cities, towns, villages and school districts to attach to their tentative/preliminary budgets an exemption report.