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Dear Residents, Families, and Friends of Lyncourt School,

We are pleased to submit the 2019-2020 Lyncourt Union Free School District budget for voter approval. The Lyncourt Union Free School District Board of Education has a long-standing history of maintaining programs; while keeping the district financially stable. We strive to provide every student with an excellent educational journey and create a fiscally responsible school budget for our community. As always, with your continued partnership, we focus on our Mission and are committed to educating all learners to reach their full potential.

The 2019-2020 budget development process considered the following significant factors: 1) offering the highest quality education while managing our enrollment growth; 2) emerging bilingual students; 3) maintaining facilities that are safe and supportive of learn-ing; and 4) rising costs of contractual obligations and state mandates. While there were significant factors in developing our budget, we are dedicated to offering exceptional services to all of our students. Our school will continue to be the hub of this
community.

The Lyncourt district is growing and we continue to attract young and diverse families. This is a tremendous asset and continues to grow and drive our increasing student enrollment. Studies indicate that diversity among students has a positive effect on their performance. With this increase in enrollment, we will continue to offer small classroom sizes, exceptional remedial services, special education programs that are tailored to every student’s needs, and state of the art technology and security. This is a tremendous
challenge with state aid allocations not maintaining appropriate levels to assist districts, but the Lyncourt Board of Education remains committed to these non-negotiable standards.

This brochure will provide you with details of our proposed 2019-2020 school budget. The budget proposed is $11,124,000 an increase from 2018-2019 to 2019-2020 of $414,000. This represents a 3.87% increase in expenses. Increases result from growing enrollment, safety enhancements, contractual obligations, mandate implementation, essential technology updates, salaries and insurance. Our tax levy limit increase that is set forth by the state is 6.91% as a result of this years’ growth factor. The proposed levy increase of 5.99% is below the allowable levy increase.

Although we are finally realizing an increase in state aid, the aid is still below the expenditure growth we have each year. State aid and tax limits still leave us with a revenue gap. To balance the budget, we again have taken the option of funding the budget deficit with reserves and fund balance. This will ensure our residents qualify for the proposed state tax rebate. Our priority is to continue to provide a solid education for our children in a safe and comfortable environment. Achieving our goals and sustaining a quality school will require a significant commitment from the Lyncourt community.

We sincerely appreciate the support we continue to receive from our Lyncourt community. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have regarding the 2019-2020 school budget.

We encourage you to review the budget and we look forward to seeing you at the Budget Hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, May 14th at 5:30 p.m. in our auditorium.

Please remember to vote on the 2019-2020 School Budget Tuesday, May 21st between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Lyncourt School.

Thank you for your continued support of our children,
The Lyncourt School Board of Education
 

Voting Information - Q&A
  • Who is Eligible to Vote? - You are eligible to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older, and have been a District resident for at least 30 days prior to the vote.  No pre-registration is required although personal identification may be requested.  Please call the main office at 315.455.7571
  • Can I Vote by Absentee Ballot?  Qualified voters may obtain applications for absentee ballots from the office of the School District Clerk during regular school hours (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM).  Completed applications for absentee ballots must be received no later than 5:00 PM the day of the actual vote.  Ballots may be mailed in or dropped off to the District Clerk's Office.
 

 
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