2022-23 Budget Development

GCSD voters approve $109.9 million budget; elect four board members

On May 17, Guilderland Central School District voters approved the district’s $109,887,845 budget proposal for the 2022-23 school year, elected four board of education members and approved the purchase of eight 66-passenger buses.

A $109,887,845 budget for the 2022-23 school year that increases spending  $4,908,275 over the current year’s budget and carries a tax levy increase of 2.98%: 3,215 YES to 1,483 NO

Bus and equipment proposition

Purchasing eight 66-passenger buses, three with chains, at a maximum estimated cost of $976,000. Approximately 50% of the bus purchase would be returned to the district in the form of state aid: 3,319 YES to 1,337 NO

Board elections

Ten candidates sought election to four open board of education seats. Candidates and the number of votes they received are:

Kelly Person 3,005 votes;
Gloria Towle-Hilt 2,969 votes;
Katie DiPierro 2,908 votes;
Kimberly Blasiak 2,871 votes
Barbara Fraterrigo 1,264 votes;
Mark Reamer 1,132 votes;
April McAllister 1,035 votes;
Nicole Coonradt 1,027 votes;
Jennifer Romano 982 votes;
William Kearney 546 votes

The candidates with the three highest vote totals will each serve a three -year term of office, July 1, 2022-June 30, 2025: Kelly Person, Gloria Towle-Hilt and Katie DiPierro.

The candidate with the next highest vote total will serve a one-year term which will begin on May 18, 2022-June 30, 2023: Kimberly Blasiak.

Candidates do not run for a specific seat on the board. The individuals with the four highest vote totals will be elected. The candidates with the three highest vote totals will each serve a three-year term of office (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2025). The candidate with the next highest vote total will serve the one-year term which will begin on May 18, 2022 and end on June 30, 2023.

Required Budget Postings

New York State Education Law requires school districts to post specific documents related to the operating budget. 

Below is a timeline leading up to the budget vote. Get more information about the school budget, how to calculate your taxes, voting and more

View the 2022-23 Budget Infographic.

Oct. – Dec. 2021 | Jan. – Feb. 2022 | March 2022 | April 2022 | May 2022

October – December 2021

October – November

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.

October 19

Public input for budget development. Watch the Oct. 19 Board of Education meeting.

November & December

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.

2022-23 Budget Rollover Budget Projection presentation Dec. 7, 2021

Watch the Dec. 7, 2021 Board of Education meeting

January – February 2022

December – January

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.

January 11

Board of Education provides direction for budget development.

2022-23 Budget Fund Balance & Reserves presentation Jan. 11, 2022

Watch the Jan. 11, 2022 Board of Education meeting

January – February

Community Engagement

2022-23 Budget Development State Aid/Tax Levy Limit presentation Feb. 1, 2022

Watch the Feb. 1, 2022 Board of Education meeting

March 2022

March 8  

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

Watch the Mar. 8, 2022 Board of Education meeting

March 15

Watch the Mar. 15, 2022 Q & A Session

April 2022

April 1

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

April 5

Watch the Apr. 5, 2022 Board of Education Budget Work Session

April 12

Board action to adopt the budget. Watch the April 12 meeting. View the 2022-23 adopted budget and budget appendices.

April 13 – May 16 

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 18

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

Learn more about the candidates for the Board of Education.

April 21-29

Publication and printing of the budget newsletter for home distribution.

May 2022

May 2 

Mailing of the budget postcard to homes. 

May 3

Public Budget Hearing, Guilderland High School, 7:00 p.m. Watch the May 3 meeting. View the budget hearing presentation.

May 17, 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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