Voters Approve School Budget and Other Propositions

East Greenbush Central School District residents approved all three propositions on this year's Budget Vote and Board Election ballot, including a $104,840,470 budget for the 2022-23 school year, the purchase of eight school buses from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund and the establishment of a new Capital Reserve Fund. More than 84% of voters approved of the school budget, which maintains all programs and has no tax levy increase.

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The New York State Comptroller issued a press release on Monday stating that an audit found the East Greenbush Central School District “properly accounted for leave accruals” and “correctly calculated payments for unused leave accruals.” Because the district acted properly, no recommendations were made by the comptroller’s office.

The audit was conducted during 2021 and covered the period of July 1, 2019-June 30, 2021. 

During the audit, the comptroller’s office reviewed all of the financial controls in the district, including payroll and cash, food service, maintenance and transportation.

The report focused on leave accruals, both the calculation of how much leave time employees have for sick, personal and vacation, but also the payouts that were made for that unused time when employees retired.

“I am pleased that the state comptroller’s office approved of our accounting and payment systems,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. “As a public school district, it is imperative that we manage our funds properly and maintain the trust of our community.”

The Comptroller’s Office is the “state’s chief fiscal officer who ensures that State and local governments use taxpayer money effectively and efficiently to promote the common good,” according to its website.

The district was last audited by the State Comptroller in 2016. That report also had no findings.

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