Budget & Taxes

The school budget vote is Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Your voice matters this budget season! We want to hear from you. Join us and share your ideas, questions, and concerns regarding how we can best meet the needs of our students and community.

Below, is a timeline leading up to the May 19 school budget vote, and your opportunities to weigh in!

View the draft budget PowerPoint presentation,  2020-21 draft budget, and draft budget appendices in the online board portal.


Oct. – Nov.

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.

Oct. 29

Public input for budget development.

Nov. & Dec.

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.

Dec. 10

Board direction for budget development.


Dec. – Jan. 

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.

Jan. – Feb.

Community Engagement.


March 10

Superintendent’s Draft Budget Presentation to the Board of Education and Community.


April 2

Board of Education Budget Work Session.

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, the Guilderland Central School District Board of Education will hold a budget workshop to consider additional reductions to the 2020-2021 spending plan in light of new fiscal challenges facing the state as a result of the continuing COVID-19 health crisis. Read more.

April 3

Legal publication of proposed budget vote date. (45 days prior to vote.)

April 7

Board action to adopt the budget at Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m. at GHS LGI.

April 13- May 18

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 20

Final date for submissions of Board Candidate Petitions. (30 days prior to vote.)

April 23-27

Publication and printing of the budget newsletter for home distribution.


May 1

Mailing of the budget newsletter to homes.

May 12

Public Budget Hearing, 7 p.m. at GHS LGI.

May 19

Budget Vote Day (polls open 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at each of the five elementary schools).

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