Residents of the East Greenbush Central School District will vote on the proposed school budget for 2023-24 on Tuesday, May 16. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The proposed school budget, totaling $108,812,882, maintains all programs and services with a 0.5% tax levy increase. The proposed budget includes staffing additions, technology upgrades, facility improvements and funding to continue the Pre-K Program.
The East Greenbush CSD has stayed under the state tax cap every year since its implementation, and it has had no tax levy increase the past two years, all while continuing to maintain programs for students.
Other items on the ballot include the purchase of eight replacement school buses from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund with no impact to taxpayers and the selection of three individuals for the Board of Education.
What’s On the Ballot
- Proposition 1: School Budget of $108,812,882 with 0.5% Tax Levy Increase
- Adds three classroom sections at the K-5 level to lower class sizes, three teachers at middle school to implement team-teaching model and lower class sizes, an assistant principal at Goff, a reading teacher at Columbia, and increased orchestra instruction at the elementary schools
- Technology investments include network WiFi expansion, power supply support and chromebook purchases
- Facility improvements include playground repairs, purchase of equipment for new Physical Education: Fit for Life class, and establishment of Girls’ Wrestling team
- Reserves monies to address further class size reduction, student mental health and school safety once further reviews are completed by the district
- Proposition 2: Authorize $965,386 from Bus Purchase Reserve Fund for Eight Buses
- Replace eight older buses with new buses that have better fuel efficiency, lower emissions, improved safety features and lower costs for maintenance and repairs
- Purchased from the district’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund with no impact to taxpayers
- Reimbursed for approximately 69.5% of the total purchase with those funds going back into the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund
- Bus Purchase Reserve Fund acts like a savings account, allowing the district to store money for the sole purpose of purchasing buses and avoiding the costs that come with borrowing
- Board of Education Election
- There are three open seats on the Board of Education, each with three-year terms (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2026)
- Michael Buono, Mark Mann, Jesse Temple and Andy Garrigan are candidates on this year’s ballot
- Learn more about the Board of Education candidates at www.egcsd.org/2023boardcandidates.
Budget Vote and Board Election Resources
- Budget News
- Budget and Finance Documents
- Budget Newsletter
- Budget Packet
- Board of Education Candidates
- Budget Timeline
- Voter Information and Eligibility
- Polling Place Finder
Polls will be open to eligible voters on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The school district is divided into election zones as follows:
- Bell Top – Residents of the Town of North Greenbush
- Goff – Residents of the Town of East Greenbush
- Donald P. Sutherland – Residents of the Towns of Sand Lake or Chatham or Residents with a Nassau mailing address
- Green Meadow – Residents of the Town of Schodack who do not have a Nassau mailing address