South Orangetown Central School District

Budget Vote


SOCSD American Rescue Plan (ARP)/Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Funding Proposal
Posted July 1, 2021
As stated during the 2021-22 budget presentation, the District has been allocated $3,696,781 from the SOCSD American Rescue Plan (ARP)/ Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. This is a grant-funded program better known as the ARP/CRRSA ESSER Monies. The District will be spending these funds based on the draft plan that was previously presented to parents and community members. The majority of this grant is targeted to provide services and supports to students to address learning loss and regression and mental health at all four schools. These supports will run in the summer and throughout the school year and allow every student an opportunity to participate.

  • The District has specifically targeted monies to provide additional support for students in the area of reading at the elementary levels.
  • The District is also looking to provide ongoing access to the new instructional tools that students learned to use and found highly engaging, including those for social emotional learning.
  • SOCSD is also seeking to recoup monies expended related to COVID-19 including, but not limited to, cost of required health and safety training, contact tracing, daily screening tools, cleaning supplies and provision of free school meal service.
  • The District will also recoup monies incurred by purchasing technology equipment for staff and students.
  • The ARP/CRSSA GEER monies are targeted to:
    • Provide direct support for academic needs at the secondary level through the creation of a student academic support center where students can drop in to request assistance at any time during the day. This will be partnered with the new Tappan Zee High School Counseling Center.
    • To provide additional reading support at the secondary level.
    • To expand fall/spring learning institutes.
Activities authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act    $300,000.00
Resources necessary for individual schools      $24,000.00
Activities to address students in need of additional support      $20,424.00
Supplies to clean and sanitize the facilities    $200,000.00
Mental health services      $62,150.00
Summer learning and enrichment activities    $211,000.00
Academic activities to address lost instructional time      $50,000.00
Projects to enhance indoor air quality    $360,000.00

Public comment on the proposed use of ARP funding ended on August 20, 2021; CRRSA/ESSER and GEER 2 funds ended on June 15, 2021.

Annual Budget Vote and Board Election

Thanks to strong community support, the South Orangetown Central School District 2021-2022 school budget passed with more than 76% of the vote on May 18. The approved budget totals $98,208,170 and reflects a 1.41% budget-to-budget increase and a 0.10% tax levy increase.

“I am grateful to our community for their continued support of our children,” said Superintendent of Schools Robert Pritchard, Ed.D. “The fiscal stability of our school district remains strong and we are in an excellent position to move beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dana Stilley was elected to the Board of Education. Her three-year term begins July 1, 2021 and concludes June 30, 2024.

2021-22 Budget Dates and Resources

Frequently Asked Questions: School Property Tax
Budget Video (English | Spanish)
Proposed Budget Newsletter – REVISED 5/12/21; revision in yellow on page 2 (English | Spanish)
Proposed Budget Book
Budget Calendar
Frequently Asked Questions: School Property Tax

March 23, 2021: Board of Education Budget Workshop (video)

April 8, 2021: Board of Education Budget Workshop (video)

April 13, 2021: Board of Education Budget Workshop (video)

April 21, 2021, 6:30PM: Budget Presentation to District Finance Council (slides)

April 22, 2021, 7:30PM: Board of Education Regular Meeting/Adoption of the 2021-22 Budget (video)

April 26, 2021: School Property Tax Report Card submission deadline

May 6, 2021, 7:30PM: Board of Education Regular Meeting/Public Hearing on the 2021-22 Budget. Zoom webinar link:

May 18, 2021, 7:00AM-9:00PM: Annual Budget Vote and Board of Education Election

Information regarding Board of Education meetings is posted on the e-Backpack webpage.

Polling Locations

District #1: Blauvelt residents
South Orangetown Middle School
160 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt

District #2: Orangeburg residents
Tappan Zee High School
15 Dutch Hill Road, Orangeburg

District #3: Tappan residents
William O. Schaefer Elementary School
140 Lester Drive, Tappan
**Note: Please park in the rear lot (entrance on Washington Avenue); voters will enter directly into the cafeteria.

District #4: Grandview, Palisades,
Piermont & Sparkill residents
Tappan Zee Education Center
(formerly Tappan Zee Elementary)
561 Route 9W, Piermont

For additional voting information, click here. Questions regarding the budget vote, including absentee ballots, should be directed to District Clerk Kathy Muscari via email ([email protected]) or phone (845) 680-1012.