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Chappaqua PTA To Hold Two Budget Forums On Thursday

Chappaqua Schools Superintendent Lyn McKay and Board of Education President Victoria Tipp were both pleased with the 2013-14 budget proposal.
Chappaqua Schools Superintendent Lyn McKay and Board of Education President Victoria Tipp were both pleased with the 2013-14 budget proposal. Photo Credit: Michael Nocella

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Following in the footsteps of Tuesday's Board of Education public budget hearing, the Chappaqua PTA is sponsoring a “School Budget Forum Q&A” on Thursday at 9:30 a.m., and again at 7:30 p.m. at Seven Bridges Middle School.

At each forum, Superintendent Lyn McKay and Assistant Superintendent for Business John Chow will be on hand to present a brief overview of the adopted budget.

The proposed 2013-2014 school budget of $114,828,088 represents a $2,625,200 or a 2.34 percent increase over the current budget. Tax rates, due to the different equalization rate used by each town, are estimated to increase by 2.25 percent for New Castle, and are estimated to increase by 2.71 percent for Mt. Pleasant.

Notable details of the proposed budget include:

  • Maintaining class sizes at all levels
  • Providing school environments that are safe and supportive of social, emotional, and physical health and well being
  • Retaining the team teaching approach at the middle school level
  • Reducing $2 million of expenses
  • Sustaining the breadth and depth of both core course and extra-curricular offerings at Greeley
  • Ensuring that focused and research-based professional learning initiatives are ongoing for faculty and administration
  • Moving toward greater maintenance and energy efficiency
  • Reducing overtime expenses
  • Keeping under the 2 percent property tax levy cap

Residents will now have an opportunity to vote on the school budget on Tuesday, May 21st between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. in the Horace Greeley High School Gymnasium.

Voter registration and absentee ballot application information can be found here . May 16 is the last day to register.

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