The Bedford Central School District 2019-20 Superintendent's Proposed Budget has been in development since early in the fall. Here you will find a detailed timeline of the development process. Our overarching budget development mission is to design a fiscally responsible budget that meets the educational needs of our students, meets the operational and fiscal needs of our school district and community, and promotes accountability and transparency.
We are pleased to present the Bedford Central School District 2019-20 proposed Superintendent's Budget. This budget supports the continuation of our work to achieve the goals and objectives of our BCSD SUCCESS Plan. Our budget is a tool to ultimately nurture and support achievement for our students.
The Principles which guided the development of this 2019-20 BCSD budget are:
- Work to maintain and enhance programs for students and invest in professional development.
- Comply with elementary class size policy guidelines given current enrollment projections.
- Limit projected expenses and maximize potential revenue and stay within the legislative property tax levy cap.
- Comply with state and/or federally mandated programs with minimal additional costs.
- Continue to maximize operational efficiencies.
As you are aware, BCSD endured a fiscal crisis in 2015-16 which impacted the 2016-17 budget and caused the reduction of 52 positions and various programs and services for students. Since then we have improved our fiscal health and strategically restored 31 positions. We have expanded programs and services to students and are in the midst of several important instructional, administrative, and operational initiatives. As we enter the third year of our 5-year SUCCESS Plan, this budget represents Staying the Course by following through on critical initiatives and continuing to pursue the tenets of our strategic plan.
The budget continues several multi-year initiatives which are important objectives of our Success Plan. These include, among others:
- continuing our work to improve elementary literacy programs and practices;
- continuing to promote inclusive educational programs and practices in our schools and classrooms;
- continuing to improve safety and security in our schools; and,
- continuing to improve communication and stakeholder engagement.
Additionally, over the past year, the District has worked with a demographer to conduct a study which includes an enrollment projection component, a building space and capacity analysis, and a program/school configuration component. The 2019-20 budget includes resources to support broad community stakeholder awareness, outreach and engagement to cull input and feedback on various alternatives to manage enrollment and space in BCSD. This process expected to result in Board of Education approval in the Spring of 2020 of a plan to most efficiently and effectively utilize our facilities to provide the best educational program possible given a period of declining enrollment.
In summary, this budget continues our efforts to provide outstanding educational programs for students, as well as continuing BCSD on our path to sustained fiscal health. The budget supports continued efforts to improve programs and services for students, honors BCSD’s guidelines for elementary class sizes, is within the allowable NY State Property Tax Cap, limits spending to anticipated revenue growth, meets State and Federal mandates,, and plans for the effective management of reserve funds to be maintained at acceptable levels.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and District.
Important 2019-20 Budget Documents and Links
Understanding Equalization Rates and Local Assessments, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance Office of Real Property Tax Services
Understanding Property Values and Equalization Rates: How they affect school tax apportionment and tax rates
8 Things to Know About Capital Reserve Funds, NYSBA, 2018