2021-22 Budget Development

May 18, 2021, is the day Guilderland residents vote on the proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year. Below is a timeline leading up to the budget vote for. Get more information about the school budget, how to calculate your taxes, voting and more

Oct. – Dec. 2020 | Jan. – Feb. 2021 | March 2021 | April 2021 | May 2021


October – December 2020

Oct. – Nov

Review of the budget calendar with school principals and Board of Education. District Administration meets with building administrators and supervisors and reviews last year’s projections and current status of staff and program. Enrollment projections for the coming year are developed and shared with the school principals.

Oct. 20

Public input for budget development.

Dec. 8

Board direction for budget development. 

Nov. & Dec.

Building and department level budgets developed. Instructional and facility needs are addressed at this stage including staffing recommendations, equipment recommendations and priority supplies and services all based on program justifications.

January – February 2021

Dec. – Jan.

District Administration review 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

Jan. 12 

Budget development for the 2021-22 school year overview during a regular meeting of the Board of Education. This includes an outline of what the district is considering for next year not knowing if COVID-19 will be contained; what school will look like next year; and what state and federal funding will be allocated for education next year. Planning includes consideration of three scenarios; worst-case, best-case and expected.

Watch the Jan. 12 meeting on YouTube.

Jan. 14 – Jan. 29

ThoughtExchange to engage students, district staff, parent/guardians and community members. More information about the 2021-22 School Budget Thoughtexchange.

Jan. 26

Outline of state aid and tax levy limit for the 2021-22 school year in addition to an overview of the bus and vehicle proposition voters will decide on. Watch the Jan. 26 meeting on YouTube.

March 2021

March 16

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

March 23

Board of Education Budget Q&A

March 30

Board of Education Budget Workshop

April 2021

April 3

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

April 13

Board action to adopt the proposed budget for the 2021-2022 school year.

April 14 – May 17 

Budget discussions through the district. Included are meetings with 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 19

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

April 22-30

Publication and printing of the budget newsletter for home distribution.

May 2021

May 3 

Estimated mailing of the budget newsletters to homes.

May 4

Public Budget Hearing, Guilderland High School, 7:00 p.m.

May 18, Budget Vote Day

Budget Vote Day! Polls open at 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at each of the five GCSD elementary schools.


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