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2017-18 Budget Archive

2017-18 Budget Information                                


July 2017

Exit poll report now available
The GCSD conducted an exit survey during its Annual School Budget Vote on May 16, 2017. 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)


2017-18 budget approved by voters

On Tuesday, May 16, GCSD residents approved a $98,484,110 budget for the 2017-18 school year by a vote of 1963 (yes) to 663 (no). Voters also approved a proposition to establish a $10 million capital reserve fund, as well as a $1,071,500 bus and equipment proposition, and elected three members to the Board of Education. READ MORE

Budget Updates

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View the 2017-18 budget document (PDF)

2017-18 Budget Newsletter is now available

The 2017-18 Budget Newsletter was mailed to district residents in the beginning of May. VIEW THE NEWSLETTER (PDF)

Meet the Candidates Night held May 10 READ MORE

Board of Education adopts $98.5 million spending plan for 2017-18 READ MORE

2017-18 state budget includes $1.1 billion education funding increase, preserves Foundation Aid formula READ MORE

arrow bulletWant to know what it means to have a balanced school budget and why it matters? Check out this graphic fact sheet (PDF)


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At the March 7 Board of Education meeting, the proposed budget was presented to the board and community.
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Results from the 2017-18 online budget survey LEARN MORE

Community Conversation held 2/15
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, school administrators and several community members came together to hear the results of the district's community survey and to engage in a face-to-face dialogue about next year's budget proposals. READ MORE


At the Jan. 31 Board of Education meeting, state aid for the 2016-17 school year was reviewed and the potential state aid for 2017-18 was looked at. The tax cap for 2017-18 was also discussed. Learn more here: State Aid and Tax Cap (PDF)

Also at the the Jan. 31 Board of Education meeting, Transportation Supervisor Danielle Poirier, Asst. Transportation Supervisor Michael Gannon and Director of Physical Plant Management Clifford Nooney presented their proposal for the bus and equipment proposition for the 2017-18 budget. View it here: Bus Replacement Plan (PDF)


What is fund balance? If revenue collected for the school budget remains at the end of a district's fiscal year, that money becomes part of its fund balance. Districts must adhere to state laws that govern how fund balance can be spent. Options include applying it to a future budget in the from of revenue, earmarking it for anticipated futures needs and/or saving it for unexpected emergencies. From the Jan. 10 Board of Education meeting -- learn more about GCSD's fund balance here: Budget Fund Balance and Reserves (PDF)

At the Nov. 15 Board of Education meeting, Asst. Superintendent for Business Neil Sanders shared GCSD's budget outlook for next year. He spoke about enrollment and staffing, state aid, property tax cap growth factor, expenditures and advocacy. Download it here: 2017-18 budget outlook (PDF)

Your Voice Matters Infographic

We want to hear from you! Join us this budget season and share your ideas, questions and concerns regarding how we can best meet the needs of our students and community. We've created a timeline leading up to the May 16 school budget vote, and YOUR opportunities to weigh in! Visit the Interactive Page Image of Your Voice Matters

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 2017-18 budget input feedback form. All comments and questions submitted on the feedback form will be shared with the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education.

*If you have difficulty using or accessing this page, please don't hesitate to contact our communications office at 456-6200, ext. 3115 and we will be happy to assist you.

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