The Pelham Board of Education is expected to adopt the 2019-20 proposed budget at its meeting at 8:15 pm tonight, Tuesday, April 23 in the Pelham Middle School Library. The public meeting will follow an Executive Session that begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Superintendent's Conference Room in Central Office.

After adjustments made during the budget review process, appropriations in the proposal total $74,930,000, a 1.74% increase over 2018-19. The projected tax levy increase of 3.17% is compliant with the New York State tax cap and lower than the original proposed increase of 3.90% with the difference largely attributable to deferring the first round of borrowing costs associated with the 2018 capital improvement bond into next year.

The annual community budget vote and school board member election is scheduled for May 21, 2019 in the PMHS Main Gym. Voting will take place from 7 am - 9 pm. Visit the District website (www.pelhamschools.org) for more information on voter registration and absentee ballots.

The budget supports the goals and initiatives outlined in the District’s Strategic Plan. It includes expanding the Foreign Language Elementary School (FLES) program into fifth grade, continuing professional development for the integration of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in grades 6-10, sustaining the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative and increasing dual enrollment, Advanced Placement and elective courses at PMHS, such as AP Study in Dramatic Literature (Adelphi), AP Computer Science Principles, Modern Drama, Global Arts, Intro to Programming and App Design, and Intro to Programming and Robotics. Additionally, the budget supports the addition of unified basketball and girls’ ice hockey as new athletic offerings.

Following passage of New York State’s budget in late March, the District will receive approximately $316,000 in additional state aid over what had been expected. As a result, the Board is considering the creation of an additional elementary psychologist position as well as a new elementary interventionist position to bolster the District’s Response to Intervention work.

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Also at Tuesday's School Board meeting:

The Board will also vote on the 2019-20 BOCES budget. Additionally, representatives from Capital Markets Advisors will attend the meeting to provide an update on the District's financial forecast related to debt service and anticipated building aid associated with past and future ongoing capital expenses.

The Board will also continue its discussion regarding a proposal to name the current turf multipurpose field at the Glover Complex in honor of the late Anthony Senerchia Jr. Anyone interested in commenting on the proposal is welcome to share their opinion during the public comment portion of the meeting or submit an email to the Board of Education at boe@pelhamschools.org. The Board will not vote on the proposal at the April 23 meeting.

Dr. Champ's Superintendent's report is also on the agenda, which may include updates from each School Board committee, as well as reports on 21st Century Learning and Professional Development, Networks of Support and Social-Emotional Development, and Finances and Facilities.

The Board may also review and/or approve the following policies: Policy 5410 - Purchasing (Third reading/Adoption); Policy 5411 - Contracting for Professional Services (Third reading/Adoption). These policies are available for review on BoardDocs at www.pelhamschools.org as part of the meeting agenda which will be available for viewing 24 hours before the meeting. To access the agenda once it has been posted, visit BoardDocs and click the link for "Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Regular Meeting."

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