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2015-16 Budget Information                                


Exit poll report now available
The Guilderland Central School District conducted an exit survey during its Annual School Budget Vote on May 19, 2015. The purpose was to collect demographic data about who voted on the budget and information about why voters voted the way they did. The survey was voluntary and anonymous. Surveys were made available to voters at the polling sites for anyone who chose to fill one out after voting, both electronically and in paper form. While these results do not represent the opinions of all voters, they do provide many residents’ perceptions about the district and its proposed budget. READ THE COMPLETE EXIT SURVEY REPORT (PDF)

2015-16 budget vote approved by voters
Thank you for your support!
On May 19, 2015, Guilderland Central School District residents approved a $93,689,600 budget for the 2015-16 school year by a vote of 1879 (yes) to 737 (no). This budget represents a 1.69 percent increase in spending over the current year's budget and will result in a 2.76 percent tax levy increase for district residents. Tax rates are estimated to increase by less than that amount at 2.12 for residents of the Town of Guilderland. LEARN MORE

2015-16 Budget Newsletter is now available

The 2015-16 Budget Newsletter was mailed to district residents the first week of May.  View it now (PDF)

Public budget hearing held May 12
A public hearing regarding the 2015-16 proposed budget was held May 12 in the Guilderland High School LGI. VIEW THE PRESENTATION (PDF)

'Meet the Candidates' Night recap
Wednesday, May 13, community members were given the opportunity to learn more about the individuals running in the 2015-16 Board of Education elections at the PTA's "Meet the Candidates" Night.

By law, schools have to provide access to the line-by-line budget. VIEW IT NOW (PDF)

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Board of Education adopts $93.7 million spending plan for 2015-16

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Large turnout for "Meet Your Legislator" event at GHS
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Schools to see more aid in approved state budget; increases tied to another retool of teacher evaluation system

After an unusual state budget process that included a mid-session change in Assembly leadership and preliminary school aid data that was withheld from school districts by the Governor, the Guilderland Central School District expects an estimated $1.2 million increase in state funding over the current year as part of the final state budget approved by the State Legislature. To receive the increase, legislators approving the budget are requiring that the district retool its teacher evaluation plan – known as the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) – under a new set of undetermined rules. The plan must be approved by the State Education Department by November 15. Learn more about the recently adopted state budget

Superintendent releases 2015-16 budget proposal

At a special meeting held March 5, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles shared a proposed spending plan for the upcoming school year with the Board of Education and community that aims to strike a balance between the district's mission and available resources. The budget proposal, totaling $93.3 million, represents a 1.28 percent increase in spending and would result in an estimated tax levy and tax rate increase of 2.99 percent for district residents—just under the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit as calculated under the state’s “tax cap” guidelines. Learn more, download event materials, and watch a replay of the meeting


Are you interested in running for a seat on the GCSD Board of Education?

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Absentee ballot information for May vote now available

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Community reviews and discusses list of potential changes for 2015-16 at recent community conversation event

On Wednesday, February 4, Guilderland Central School District hosted a community conversation to take a closer look at the district’s budget development process to date and review a list of all potential changes under consideration for 2015-16. Learn more and view materials from the event


We want to hear from you!

Would you like to provide input into next year’s school budget? If so, then now is the time to begin giving the district your feedback! If you would like to address the board directly at an upcoming school board meeting, please contact District Clerk Linda Livingston at (518) 456-6200, ext. 3125 or Community members may also submit feedback by completing our 2015-16 budget input feedback form. All comments and questions submitted on the feedback form will be shares with the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education.


Assembly and Senate bills introduced that would compel state to fully end the GEA this year

 Learn more and view contact information for officials serving the Guilderland Central School District


Fact sheets on our toughest challenges (updated March 2015)

Want to learn more about some of the biggest challenges schools throughout New York State are facing? If so, please take a few moments to read through the fact sheets below: (click on the title of the fact sheet to open the PDF)

NYS Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA): What is it? Why does it matter?

Mandates and mandate relief: Explains what mandates are and recaps the decades-old efforts to provide relief

Pensions: Explains public pensions, the latest pension "reform" changes and how the tax levy "cap" exclusion works

Today's Contingent Budgets: Raising the stakes for schools

The Three Tax Levy Limit Numbers: What are they and what do they mean?

New York's Tax Levy "Cap" Formula: Learn more about the eight-step calculation for schools


Want to learn more about the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)?

The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) law was first introduced for the 2010-11 fiscal year by then-Governor Paterson as a way to help close New York’s then $10 billion budget deficit. Under the legislation, a portion of the funding shortfall at the state level is divided among all school districts throughout the state and reflected as a reduction in school district state aid. The GEA is a negative number, money that is deducted from the aid originally due to the district. Since first introduced, the total GEA reduction in school aid for Guilderland amounts to more than $19 million. Despite the fact that the state is no longer facing a deficit, the GEA remains in place. Its impact on the school district’s budget has been significant, resulting in the reduction of more than 187 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff members since 2010-11 as well as reductions to various programs and services each year to help offset the impact of withheld state aid. View an infographic to learn more (PDF)



Do you want to make a difference by advocating for an immediate end to the GEA?
You can make a difference by contacting the Governor and other elected officials, as well! The voices of school leaders and advocates for state-level education organizations simply are not enough, as recent legislative sessions have shown. Elected officials need to hear from you, their constituents. They need to hear from the people that are most directly affected by their decisions (or indecisions) year after year—the students, parents, employees, residents, community groups and business owners of Guilderland. Contact your elected officials


Understanding New York's new property tax levy "cap"

Want to learn about the property tax levy "cap" and what it means for GCSD? Visit the "Understanding New York's new property tax levy cap" Web page or watch the brief video below:



Be an advocate for students in the Guilderland Central School District

Advocacy takes many forms. It could be a note to an elected official, a comment made during a public forum, a letter to a newspaper editor or formal testimony at public hearings. It could be as simple as chatting with neighbors to clear up misunderstandings about education issues or sharing education-related stories with a local civic organization during monthly meetings. Learn more about advocacy and how you can get involved


Contact information for our elected officials

Do you have a concern about the new tax “cap” law? Do you want to ask your local representative for mandate relief? Would you like to see education aid restored? If so, now is the time to act! All voters can have a “say” in the laws and regulations affecting our schools by contacting their elected officials to share their opinions. The more officials hear from their constituents, the better. View contact information for our elected officials


District to offer Alternative Veterans Exemption

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Federal Mandates on Local Education: Costs and Consequences
Yes, it’s a Race, but is it in the Right Direction?

A new report report recently released by the Center for Research, Regional Education, and Outreach at the State University of New York at New Paltz takes a closer look at how the federal Race to the Top Initiative has dramatically changed both how we educate our children and how we fund public K-12 education in our state. Read the full report (PDF)


Not sure how to use the electronic voting machines?

Once again, GCSD will be using electronic voting machines at all polling locations. Not sure what to expect? Watch a brief video to learn more 

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