Developing the annual school budget proposal is a year-round process that involves the Mayfield Board of Education and district and school leaders. The process culminates when residents go to the polls to vote on a school budget proposal for the following year and to elect Board of Education members. Please visit this web page throughout the school year for updates on the annual school budget development process.
Important upcoming dates for the 2021-22 school budget
- Public Budget Hearing: 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, in the auditorium
- Budget vote: noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, in the Jr/Sr High School Gym Lobby
Vote on 2021-22 proposed budget set for May 18
Residents of the Mayfield Central School District will go to the polls Tuesday, May 18, to vote on a proposed $20,216,034 school budget for 2021-22. The Board of Education unanimously approved the proposed budget on April 13.
The proposed budget calls for a 2.21% increase in the tax levy, which is within the district’s allowable limit as calculated under the state’s “tax cap” formula. As a result of cost savings, mainly from health insurance, the district is able to balance next year’s budget without using its fund balance.
Superintendent Christopher Harper said the budget was conservatively developed, keeping in mind that the effects of the pandemic may impact state revenues for the next three to five years. “As always the district’s focus remains on students, in the immediate future as well as what the District must do to make sure students continue to get the best education possible for years to come,” Harper said. “The proposed budget is not only fiscally responsible; it allows us to continue all current academic programs and to include measures that will help our students gain back any ground they may have lost during the pandemic.”
The budget proposal would increase September school tax bills by approximately $53.42, or $4.45 per month, for a home with a $100,000 assessment.
Voting will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, in the Gym Lobby at the Jr./Sr. High School, 27 School St., Mayfield.
The budget includes $100,000 for a Capital Outlay Project for lighting upgrades at the Junior-Senior High School. By setting aside money for this use and designating it as a Capital Outlay Project, the district will be able to submit the final bills for the work performed, and approximately 81.4% of the cost will be reimbursed in the form of state building aid in the following year.
“Utilizing this program is an excellent way to cover costs of maintaining and improving school facilities,” School Business Manager Megan Sullivan said. “After the initial investment, the district will essentially be paying only $20,000 a year for $100,000 worth of improvements.”
The district is slated to receive funding from the federal government’s two coronavirus relief packages that passed in December 2020 and in March 2021. This money is required to be put in the Special Aid Fund, so it is not included in the General Fund 2021-22 budget. As stipulated by the government, a significant portion of the funds will be used to address learning loss, academic gaps and social-emotional needs created by the pandemic, including after-school or extended-day activities and summer enrichment. This money will be used over a three-year period.
In addition to voting on the 2021-22 school budget, the community also will consider:
- Allowing the district to purchase a 66-passenger bus and a Chevy Suburban for transporting students for a total of approximately $174,000.
- This is a separate proposition on the ballot and will have no impact on the 2021-22 tax levy.
- Electing one Board of Education member to a five-year term.
Highlights of the 2021-22 proposed budget include:
- The district is planning to expand its summer school offering, which will be partially grant-funded. The six-week programs at the elementary and secondary levels will be aimed at closing gaps in students’ skills that have primarily occurred because of the pandemic. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to students at no cost.
- The district will invest in a new English Language Arts program at the elementary level that aligns with the state’s Next Generation Standards. Aimed at helping students establish foundational skills in reading and writing, it also will target social-emotional learning and critical thinking. The series will include both printed and digital materials for activities such as writers workshops, guided reading, peer conferencing and lessons for struggling learners.
- MCSD will continue its commitment to empowering students and staff through the use of technology. The 2020-21 school year saw the implementation of a full 1:1 device program for all grades, which has proved essential in the fully-remote and hybrid learning models. The investment will continue in 2021-22, with the first phase of a replacement program that includes 300 new Chromebooks for district students.
- The district will continue to invest in software technology that supports students’ academic advancement, as well as staff professional development. The proposed budget includes funding for the online platform IXL Learning to provide students with personalized support
- in math and language arts. Teachers will gain access to the online program Tableau to help them more easily analyze student data to enhance student growth and the collaborative resource Essential Ed, which offers curriculum support.
- The district will realize some savings with the retirement of several longtime teachers and support staff. Additionally, the premiums of employees and retirees on the district’s PPO health insurance plan, which typically rise each year, will decrease 5%.
- A bigger savings, however, will come from a recent change in the provider of our retirees’ Medicare Advantage health insurance plan. In January 2021, both retirees and the district saw significant decreases in their health insurance premiums, which will continue into the 2021-22 school year.
- Mayfield Central School District’s proposed budget for 2021-22 decreases spending while keeping all programming intact. This includes the arts in all grade levels, pre-kindergarten and electives at the Junior-Senior High School.