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.
Overview of the 2020-21 Mayfield CSD budget
The 2020-21 school budget vote and board of education election took place on June 9, 2020, exclusively by absentee ballot because of the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Voters approved the $20,475,736 budget by a vote of 354 to 104, 77% to 23%.
The bus purchase proposal passed with a vote of 357-102, 78% to 22%. The proposal called for the purchase of one 66-passenger bus and one 44-passenger bus at a maximum cost of $231,000. The cost for this purchase will come from a reserve account and have no impact on the 2020-21 tax rates. However, community approval is required to spend money from the reserve account.
The 2020-21 budget continues all academic programming while staying under the property tax levy cap. The budget includes a 1.06% spending decrease compared to the previous year and a 0.21% tax levy increase, which is Mayfield’s state-calculated “tax levy cap” for the budget year. This means the typical taxpayer with a $100,000 assessment will see an increase of $5.22 per year or 43 cents per month.
Highlights and considerations for the 2020-21 budget
The Mayfield Board of Education adopted its budget with the most up-to-date projected state aid information. However, Governor Andrew Cuomo will be updating the state spending plan quarterly, which could lead to a decrease in the amount paid out to school districts. Mayfield CSD is following the lead of the governor and will reassess the budget on a quarterly/regular basis as more information becomes available. This means waiting until mid-year to make some purchasing and staffing decisions.
New Elementary School Counselor
Mayfield has hired a new school counselor at the Elementary School. The state requires every school to have a comprehensive developmental school counseling/guidance program for all students in grades K-12. Mayfield currently only has counselors at the Jr./Sr. High School. We’re excited for the new opportunities that elementary students will have with access to a full time counselor.
Education is changing, and the Mayfield administrative team is looking for ways to adapt to the changes in a way that is best for the students, teachers and parents. The district will make decisions this summer and fall to determine the best way to make this investment.