Dear Members of the REMSEN Central School District Community,
It is with great appreciation that I write on behalf of the Board of Education and the current and future students of the REMSEN Central School District for your overwhelming support of the budget and all propositions presented for public vote. This budget and propositions will not only help to restore programs, establish innovative new programs, and establish a long-range program to maintain our facilities, but will strive to be thoughtful and responsible to our tax-payers.
One great challenge for any school district, regardless of size, is to provide the very best educational program for its students within the means of local taxpayers and state aid. The now passed 2016-2017 REMSEN Central School District budget reflects this responsibility. The budget is based on a 0.11% tax decrease in the local tax levy and an overall increase in spending of 3.58%. The increase in spending is paid for through a restoration of NYS school funding. The total budget is $11,550,000. For property owners who are eligible for Basic STAR or Enhanced STAR, actual taxes paid - after the NYS rebate - are expected to remain below the 2013 level.
The budget maintains our current dynamic programs and current extra-curricular activities, and it improves opportunities for students in expanded and additional programs. Significant improvements are planned through additional Elementary Response to Intervention capabilities, Technology and Instructional Supports, JSHS Humanities offerings, Career & Technical Education programs, Athletics, Clubs & Activities, and Professional Clerical support for improved administrative efficiencies.
REMSEN will build on its reputation of excellent academic performance, individual attention to the needs of our students, and a realization of college, career and citizen readiness for all our students. Innovation and sustainability are key to our continued success and improvement. With the support and help of our community - we look forward to great success and continued improvement as we operate within our commitment to a strong educational mission and enduring goals.
Thank you, very much, for your continued support of a great school, serving amazing students, in a truly wonderful community.