|Dear Residents, Families, and Friends of Lyncourt School,
We are pleased to submit the 2018-2019 Lyncourt Union Free School District budget for voter approval. The Lyncourt Union Free School District Board of Education, as well as most other Boards of Education in NY State, have once again been faced with some very difficult decisions in creating a fiscally responsible school budget that puts our students, staff and community at the forefront. As always, we continue to focus on our Mission and the safety and success of our students to guide us in our decision-making progress.
The 2018-2019 budget development process considered the following significant factors: 1) increase staffing demands due to enrollment growth; 2) emerging students; 3) school safety; and 4) rising costs of contractual obligations and state mandates. Enduring these financial pressures has been daunting, but we are dedicated to keep our school, keep ourprograms, offer exceptional services to all of our students, and continue to be the hub of this community. Our class sizes remain small, our staff and class offerings remain current, our special education services provide remediation to all children in need of special support and we now offer multiple options for our prospective high school students. Lyncourt School is truly the best little school district in the country.
This brochure will provide you with details of our proposed 2018-2019 school budget. The budget proposed is $10,710,000, an increase from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019 of $406,000. This represents a 3.94% increase in expenses. Increases result from 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 2.52%. This represents an increase in tax revenue of $137,472. The state has increased foundation aid to the district this year amounting to an additional $125,441. This increase is a result of our overall population growth as a district, which has increased by almost 19% in the last 5 years.
Although we are finally realizing an increase in state aid, the aid is still well below the expenditure growth we have each year. This reduced aid, coupled with property tax limits, leaves us with a financial gap every year. We again have taken the option of funding the budget deficit with reserves and fund balance, ensuring 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. We have great expectations for the future of our community.
We sincerely appreciate the support we continue to receive from our Lyncourt community. We appreciate the partnership between school, community and every local business, and we are proud to present a budget that is fiscally responsible while providing opportunity and improved safety for our students.
Please join us at the Budget Hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th at 5:30 p.m. in our auditorium.
Please remember to vote on the 2018-2019 School Budget Tuesday, May 15th 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.