South Orangetown Central School District

Budget Vote

Annual School District Vote

The Annual School District Vote will be held on June 9, 2020, ending at 5:00 p.m. During the current mandated school district closure and need for social isolation, personal voter registration may not take place in school districts. Registration may, however, continue through the Rockland County Board of Elections by mail, or more expeditiously, online voter registration through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application.

An election will be held for two Board of Education seats. The candidates are Leon Jacobs (incumbent) and Christine Lee (incumbent). The full three-year term for each seat is July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023.

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOUTH ORANGETOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Date of Annual Meeting: June 9, 2020
Date of Public Hearing on the Budget: June 1, 2020

In accordance with Executive Order No. 202.26, the Budget Vote and School Board Election will be held remotely, by Absentee Ballot only. Qualified voters of this School District will receive absentee ballots by mail.

To be a qualified voter you must be a US Citizen, at least 18 years old by June 9, 2020, a School District resident for 30 days immediately preceding the vote, and registered to vote in School District elections and having voted in any School District election/vote during the past 4 calendar years. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be no personal voter registration held at school district offices prior to the June 9, 2020 vote.

If you are not registered, you can register with the County Board of Elections by mail or remotely through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website at: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application

In accordance with Executive Order 202.26-Rescheduled Annual Meeting, the Budget Vote and School Board Election will be held remotely by Absentee Ballot only. Qualified voters* of this School District will be mailed an Absentee Ballot with a postage paid return envelope to return their ballots by June 9, 2020.

*To be a qualified voter you must be a US Citizen, at least 18 years old by June 9, 2020, a School District resident for 30 days immediately preceding the vote, and registered to vote in School District elections and having voted in any School District election/vote during the past 4 calendar years.

2020-21 Budget

On May 7, the Board of Education adopted the District’s Proposed 2020-21 Budget, which totals $96,839,306, represents a 2.2% budget-to-budget increase and stays within the cap with a tax levy increase of 2.82%.

“Our financial plan continues to be focused on the district’s strategic commitment to academic success, high-quality instruction, an engaged school community in which all students have access to supports and opportunities, and the systematic approach to continuous improvement and efficient use of our resources. However, this has been a much different financial planning year, unlike any other year,” said Koster. Read the “3 Questions” interview with Koster for more detail.

The regular meeting and budget hearing of the Board of Education of the South Orangetown Central School District will convene at 7:30 P.M on Monday, June 1. This meeting will be a virtual-audio only meeting due to the mandated closure. To listen to the meeting by audio, please return to this page for the link on the afternoon of June 1. The meeting will be recorded and later transcribed.

The trustees will participate remotely, but the public may not attend at any of the remote locations. (Public comment will not be permitted.) Questions regarding the budget may be emailed to [email protected].

2020-21 Budget Resources

2020-21 Proposed Budget Newsletter
Summer 2020 Capital Projects
2020-21 Line-By-Line Proposed Budget
2020-21 School Budget FAQ
School Property Tax FAQ
“3 Questions: Executive Director of Finance & Management Services Alicia Koster” web story (5/1/20)
Proposed 2020-21 Budget presentation & Summary of Appropriations (4/30/20)
“District Presents Preliminary Budget” web story (4/24/20)
Preliminary 2020-21 Budget presentation (4/23/20)