On Tuesday, May 17, residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will vote on a proposed $39,730,000 budget for the 2022-23 school year. The B-P Board of Education adopted the budget proposal during a special meeting on Monday, April 11.
The proposed budget represents a 2.5% spending increase and calls for a tax levy increase of 0.95%, which is below the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.” A simple majority of voters (more than 50%) is required for budget approval. The proposed spending plan allows growth for both staffing and programs and expands opportunities for students.
Budget invests in staffing and programs
The most significant spending increase in the budget proposal is for staffing and enhancement of academic programs. For the 2022-23 school year, Broadalbin-Perth will be adding a social worker, business teacher, speech pathologist, two special education teachers, and two teaching assistants. Some of the additional staff are for a new self-contained classroom at the elementary school, which will serve students in kindergarten through second grade who require a more intense service model to meet their unique academic, social, and emotional needs.
The budget also calls for the addition of 14 “seats” for B-P students to attend programs at the HFM BOCES Career & Technical Education Center (CTE). During the 2021-22 school year, 67 B-P students attended 15 different programs at CTE.
Qualified residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District will vote on the proposed budget Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Robert C. Munn Gymnasium at B-P Jr./Sr. High School. Residents are invited to learn more and ask questions about the budget proposal at a public budget hearing starting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9. Detailed information about the budget proposal and other ballot propositions will be posted on the district website in the coming weeks. An informational brochure will be mailed to all households in early May.