Superintendent's Message

Dr. Jonathan Ross  
Jonathan Ross Ed.D.
 Superintendent of Schools 

Dear Members of the Blind Brook School Community,

On Tuesday, May 16th, from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street Elementary School, voters will be presented with the 2017-2018 Blind Brook-Rye School District budget adopted by the Board of Education in the amount of $43,915,067, a 1.59% increase over the 2016-2017 budget. It is noteworthy that this is the sixth year in the last eight that the proposed budget-to-budget or annual spending increase has been significantly lower than 2%. 

Budget-to-Budget Increases

The 2017-2018 adopted budget, if passed by resident voters, provides for a 1.31% tax levy increase which is just under the maximum allowable under the law. For 2017-2018, the Blind Brook tax levy growth factor is 1.0126. This coupled with a tax base growth factor of only 1.0023 has created a difficult budget scenario wherein the 2017-2018 tax levy can only increase by $489,488.  Consequently, in developing a budget for next year we had to cut $518,000 in spending and budget $1,568,841 from reserves to meet the tax levy cap mandate without an override.  On the positive side, this budget achieves two important goals – it maintains all core instructional programs while staying under the maximum allowable levy limit.  Simply, it advances an agenda that places students first while minimizing the financial burden on local taxpayers.

After careful analysis, I along with the Board of Education believe the plan as set forth will obtain desired results with the projected resources needed to implement the educational program and will ensure that every student receives an excellent education.  You are encouraged to study the financial plan and ask questions about its contents. For further information please review the 2017-2018 Adopted Budget Book or contact the Superintendent of Schools at jross@blindbrook.org. 

Please remember to cast your vote on Tuesday, May 16th at the BMPRSS Old Gym.  Aside from the 2017-2018 Budget, there are two board member seats to be filled as well.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Ross, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


 



Sincerely,

Jonathan Ross, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
jross@blindbrook.org

 

 

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