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May 2014

Vol. 3, Issue 5

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                    Elect to Read

Across the Board

A WPSBA Publication

Why vote on May 20th? - Community View

Article submitted by WPSBA to the Journal News Community View:

 

     Why vote on May 20th? Every district in Westchester and Putnam counties is proposing a 2014-15 budget at or under their maximum allowable tax levy limit (as set by NYS) - the new litmus test for voter participation. But dollars aren't the only thing at stake. While voting on the budget is important, the election of school board members deserves equal or greater attention.

     A New York State School Boards Association analysis has shown that the number of people coming out to vote in school district elections has gone down since the tax levy limit legislation went into effect in 2010. Yet 49% of the school districts in Westchester and Putnam counties have contested school board elections and four districts have uncontested elections with no incumbent board members on the ballot.  This year, 26% of those up for re-election have decided not to run, and two districts have a board seat with no one on the ballot. It's critical that you understand the issues facing your school district, know about the candidates, and come out to vote.  READ MORE       


Hot Off the Press!  Property Tax Report Card

Looking for the latest Property Tax Report Card?  No need to look any further.  School district data and WPSBA analysis are posted on our website. 

 

The newly released NYS Financial Report Card includes 2013-14 and 2014-15 data on budget, tax levy, enrollment and fund balances for districts across our region.  

 

Samples of what you'll find:

Proposed school district tax levy ranges from 4.31% to -3.72%

Proposed budget (spending) ranges from 6.16 % to -3.24%

Projected enrollment changes range from 1.87% to -7.04%

Did you know?

Here's some data we've gathered on the elections and the candidates for the 45 WPSBA School Districts with BOE Elections:

 

# Contested Elections
22
49%
# Uncontested Elections
23
51%
# Elections - Uncontested/All incumbent
14
31%
# Elections - Uncontested/All non-incumbent
4
1%
# Open Seats
93

# Candidates
121

# Vacant Seats (no candidate on ballot)
2
2%
BOE Members Retiring (93 up for re-election)
26
28%
# Incumbents Running
66
55%
# Non-incumbents Running
55
45%

 

There's Still Time To Register !

WPSBA NEGOTIATIONS ROUNDTABLE
Join board colleagues, superintendents and school attorneys for a discussion of current negotiations trends and issues. Bedford, Blind Brook - Rye, Katonah, Pelham and Scarsdale school districts will present recently negotiated contracts. Continental breakfast will be served. This program is free for our member districts.
Friday, May 23; 8 am - 10:00 am
WPSBA, 3rd Floor (SW BOCES)
450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, NY 10528 
 
ANNUAL DINNER MEETING & PROGRAM
"It's Not All About ELA and Math Scores;
Creating a Generation of 21st Century Leaders"

Speaker: Jack Zaccara, Exec. Director,
One World Educational Foundation
Thursday, May 29; 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Crabtree's Kittle House
11 Kittle Rd, Chappaqua, NY 10514
$54 per person
Register thru your District Clerk

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