After a long stretch of adjustments to our traditional school schedule, we are proud to announce that we have all students back on campus five days a week! Through the tremendous efforts of our administrators, teachers, support staff and students, we have endured a challenging season here at Hammondsport Central School. We are thankful for the efforts of our entire team in navigating this difficult time!
In looking ahead, we’d like to reassure you that we’ve worked hard with Superintendent Kyle Bower to present to you a healthy financial picture moving into the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
Our goal for this proposed budget is to maintain a stable budget within an ongoing period of added COVID-19 expenses and uncertainty surrounding school aid. With the objective of keeping our students on campus full time, it has taken numerous hours of targeted and creative planning to determine how to remain compliant with the restrictions surrounding staff, space, and additional health man- dates, all while keeping our budget on point.
Given these considerations, we hope that you will be pleased with the budget we are proposing. The 21-22 budget will carry a maximum tax levy increase of 1.10%. This levy falls below the NYS allowable property tax cap for Hammondsport and is inclusive of a capital outlay project at our Bus Garage facility which will be used for upgrading lighting, roof repair and additional electrical items. Any significant increases in budgeted spending in 21-22 are inclusive of maintaining all existing staff salaries while meeting COVID restrictions, benefits, and debt service payments. All other remaining areas of the budget have been reduced by a total of $204,737, bringing us to our current proposed budget total of $15,064,304.
The HCSD Board of Education firmly believes that the proposed budget accurately reflects the ongoing needs of the district in light of the ongoing pandemic. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Superintendent Bower at 569-5200, ext. 5240.
Carre Doyle, On behalf of the Hammondsport Central School Board of Education
*Superintendent Bower's detailed budget presentation can be found here 2021-2022 District Budget Presentation