Update for Columbia Graduation and Goff Elevation Celebration

In response to further changes to New York State guidelines for outdoor gatherings announced earlier this week, Columbia High School has consolidated its three graduation ceremonies and will instead host one graduation for the Class of 2021 on Friday, June 25 on the CHS turf field at 4:00 p.m. Howard L. Goff Middle School will follow the plan for Columbia Graduation and also host one Elevation Celebration for all 8th grade students on Thursday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the CHS turf field. Each student may be joined by up to four guests.

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Vote buttonsDistrict residents will vote on the proposed school budget for 2018-19 on Tuesday, May 15 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The proposed budget, which maintains all current programs and services, totals $94.3 million, an increase of 2.29% from last year.

The proposed tax levy increase is 4.27%, which is below the New York State property tax cap of 4.57% that applies to East Greenbush, requiring a simple majority to pass the budget.

In addition to the school budget, voters will decide on the purchase of 10 new school buses, a new bus purchase reserve fund and elect four Board of Education members.

2018-19 Budget Vote and Board Election Ballot

Proposition 1: School Budget

  • Proposed school budget of $94.3 million
  • Tax levy increase of 4.27%, which is below the state tax cap of 4.57%
  • Maintains all programs and services
  • Addition of two elementary classroom teachers, .5 ENL teacher and school resource officer at Goff Middle School

Proposition 2: Bus Purchase from Reserve Fund

  • Two 66-passenger buses, four 28-passenger buses, two 22-passenger buses and one wheelchair bus
  • Purchased from voter-approved reserve fund so there is no impact to taxpayers
  • New York State will reimburse the District for 62.5% of eligible costs

Proposition 3: Bus Purchase from Bond

  • One 66-passenger bus
  • First bond payment would be made in 2019-20
  • New York State will reimburse the District for 62.5% of eligible costs

Proposition 4: New Bus Purchase Reserve Fund

  • Approve creation of a new bus purchase reserve fund for future bus purchases

Board of Education Election

  • Four Board of Education seats are available
    • Three seats with terms from July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021
    • One seat with a term from May 16, 2018 – June 30, 2019

Polling Places

  • Bell Top Elementary School – Residents of the Town of North Greenbush
  • Howard L. Goff Middle School – Residents of the Town of East Greenbush
  • Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School – Residents of the Towns of Sand Lake or Chatham or residents with a Nassau mailing address
  • Green Meadow Elementary School – Residents of the Town of Schodack who do not have a Nassau mailing address

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