Troy City School District residents have approved a $115,293,164 budget for the 2021-2022 school year. Three candidates were elected to the Board of Education.
The unofficial results of the budget vote are 624 (yes) to 129(no). This budget will result in a 0-percent tax levy increase – a figure that is $532,537 below the allowable tax cap of 1.4 percent.
The district will receive an increase in New York State Foundation Aid which will allow it to continue to offer small class sizes, STEM programming, mental health support and a vast selection of athletics and other extracurricular activities. This, combined with roughly $22 million in federal funding, means the district will not only be able to maintain all programs and staff, but it will look to expand and boost its offerings.
Three candidates were elected to the Board of Education for three-year terms effective July 1, 2021:
Donald Miller (442), Matthew Flowers, Jr. (incumbent) (389); and Elizabeth Poleto (incumbent) (343).
Residents also approved the Capital Reserve Fund proposition that will allow the district to establish a new capital reserve of up to $5 million for the purpose of facility upkeep. The results are 497 (yes) to 111(no).
“Thank you to the Troy voters for supporting our 2021-2022 budget and Capital Reserve proposition,” said Superintendent John Carmello. “We are confident that this will allow us to develop a plan that meets the needs of all of our students while returning to normalcy as much as possible.”
“On behalf of the Board of Education, I’d like to sincerely thank the community for taking the time to vote in support of our proposals,” said Board of Education President Tom Mayo. “I’d also like to welcome Donald Miller to the Board and congratulate Matthew Flowers, Jr. and Elizabeth Poleto on their re-election. I am looking forward to working with everyone to help our students achieve success.”
The Board of Education will meet on Wednesday, May 19, at 6 p.m. The public may submit comments by 4 p.m. to firstname.lastname@example.org. This meeting is virtual. Watch the live stream by visiting troycsd.org.
To learn more about the budget, visit www.troycsd.org/budget.