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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Voters Approve 2021-22 School Budget and Bus Purchase

East Greenbush Central School District residents passed a $103,535,117 budget for the 2021-22 school year and approved the purchase of eight school buses from the Bus Purchase Reserve Fund during this year’s Budget Vote and Board Election. The budget maintains all programs and has no tax levy increase.

More than 87% of all voters approved of the school budget.

The new school buses, which will replace older buses according to the district’s bus fleet management plan, will be purchased from the district’s Bus Purchase Reserve Fund with no impact to taxpayers. The district will be reimbursed for approximately 66.6% of the total school bus purchase.

In addition to the budget and bus purchase approval, Cheryl Kennedy, JoAnn Taylor and John Dunn were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Education and Frank Yeboah was elected to a one-year term.

Proposition #1: School Budget for 2021-22
Yes: 1,061
No: 154

Proposition #2: School Buses from Reserve Fund
Yes: 1,068
No: 145

Board of Education Election
The three candidates with the most votes have been elected to three-year terms (July 1, 2021-June 30, 2024) and the candidate with the fourth highest vote total has been elected to a one-year term (May 19, 2021-June 30, 2022).

Cheryl Kennedy: 1,007
JoAnn Taylor: 1,006
John J. Dunn, Jr.: 996
Frank Yeboah: 986
Write-In: 16


2020-21 School Budget

  • Budget total: $99,778,012
  • Tax levy increase: 1.5%

2020 School Tax Bills

Tax bills for 2020 were mailed on September 15, 2020. The tax collection period ran from September 15, 2020 to October 15, 2020, without payment of a penalty.

Overview of the Budget Process

Budget development starts in October when the Board of Education adopts a budget calendar. The Board also provides input to the administration on budget objectives and sets general parameters for the process.

The administration then prepares a budget with principals, department chairs and supervisors. Preliminary budgets are presented in March. The school board devotes time to budget development at its regular business meetings.

Administrators work to refine their numbers as more accurate cost estimates and enrollment figures are received during this period, and as Board members ask them to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of providing a service in a different way.

Throughout the winter and spring, school board members and administrators are also monitoring budget activity at the state level. School board members and administrators are in frequent contact with local legislators to inform them how various state funding proposals will affect East Greenbush schools.

The administration also looks at internal and external factors that are likely to have the greatest impact on the next year’s budget. Such factors may include rising prices for fuel or health insurance.

In late March/early April (depending on state budget developments), the Board of Education votes on a proposed budget. A newsletter describing the budget is then printed and mailed to all district homes. A copy of the proposed budget broken down by line items is also available in late April at the main office of each school building, district office, public library and district website.

The public vote on the proposed budget is held by law on the third Tuesday in May, which will be May 18, 2021.

Budget Issues

Click on the links below to learn more about budget issues affecting our schools.

Board Policies

  • 1050 (Annual District Election and Budget Vote)
  • 6100 (Annual Budget)
  • 6110 (Budget Planning)
  • 6110-R (Budget Planning Regulation)
  • 6120 (Budget Hearing)