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.
On May 18, 2021, Mayfield Central School District voters approved the district’s $20.2 million 2021-22 budget proposal, elected one board of education member and approved a bus purchase.
- A $20,216,034 budget for the 2021-22 school year that decreases spending by 1.27% (-$259,702) and carries a 2.21% tax levy increase: 269 yes; 94 no
- Purchasing one new school bus at a cost of about $126,000 and a new Chevy Suburban for about $48,000: 278 yes; 86 no.
School budget is at its tax cap
The 2021-22 budget’s tax levy increase of 2.21% is at the district’s calculated tax levy limit, per the state’s property tax levy cap law. The limit does not cap how much a district can raise through property taxes. Instead, it determines at what level a school district must have a supermajority (60 percent) rather than a simple majority (50% plus one) approve the budget proposal.
Because Mayfield proposed a budget with a tax levy increase at its allowable limit, the budget required a simple majority vote for authorization.
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 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.
Highlights of the 2021-22 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.