2016-17 budget development timeline
October-November: Review of budget calendar with principals and Board of Education. District Administration meets with building administrators and supervisors and reviews last year’s projections and current status of staffing and program. Enrollment projections for the coming year are developed and shared with principals.
November 5: Public input for budget development.
December 9: Board direction for budget development.
November & December: District Administration meets with building principals and supervisors to review status and implications of the prior year's budget decisions. Building and department level budgets developed. Instructional and facilities needs are addressed at this stage including staffing recommendations, equipment recommendation and priority supplies and services all based on program justification.
December & January: District Administration review of staffing, equipment and facilities requests following meetings with building principals and selected staff. This process involves a thorough review of enrollment projections, class size, and staffing levels for both professional and operational needs.
January & February: Community Conversation(s) -- date(s) to be determined.
March 3: Presentation of Superintendent's 2015-16 budget to the Board of Education and community.
April 3: Legal publication of proposed budget vote date (45 days prior to vote).
April 7: Board of Education Budget Work Session.
April 18: Final date for submission of Board Candidate Petitions (30 days prior to vote).
April 12: Board action to adopt the budget.
April 18 - May 16: Budget discussions throughout the district. Included are meetings with the PTA organizations, civic organizations, neighborhood associations, senior citizens, and other groups interested in obtaining more information and a better understanding of the school budget.
April 24 - May 4: Publication and printing of the budget newsletter for home distribution.
May 4: Mailing of the budget newsletters to homes.
May 12: Public Budget Hearing, Guilderland High School, 7 p.m.
May 17: Budget Vote Day (polls open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at each of the five elementary schools).