2018-19 Budget Development
Board of Education adopts 2018-19 tax rates
August 29, 2018
The Board of Education has adopted these tax rates for the 2018-19 school year in line with predictions at the time of the May community budget vote.
- Town of Mayfield – $23.81
- Town of Northampton – $24.91
- Town of Johnstown – $24.17
- Town of Broadalbin – $19.50
Thank you, Mayfield!
May 15, 2018
The community today approved the:
- 2018-19 budget totaling $18.77 million by a vote of 209 to 67, a margin of 75.7 to 24.3 percent
- $248,000 to purchase two buses by a vote of 218 to 59, a margin of 78.7 to 21.3 percent
- Vanessa DiNitto was elected to replace Joan Scannell, who did not seek re-election.
An overview of the 2018-19 budget
The $18.77 million budget proposal for the 2018-19 school year included initiatives that reinforced student learning and laid plans for the future.
The budget included a tax levy increase at the the state’s tax levy cap for Mayfield of 2.57 percent.
Before the budget vote in May, Superintendent Jon Peterson pointed to these highlights from the spending plan:
- Provide a school resource officer one day per week. Mayfield is one of several area school districts involved in a U.S. Department of Justice grant being applied for by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department to provide a school resource officers one day per week. The office would be shared by both buildings. Mayfield would pay half the cost and the grant would pay half.
- Increase grades 7-12 counseling services. A current counseling position will be expanded to full-time next year ((2018-19).
- Expand the 1:1 device initiative. This year (2017-18), students in grades 4, 6, 8 and 10 were provided with laptop computers to use at school. Next year (2018-19), students in grades 4, 6, 8 and 10 will receive laptops. Funding for professional development would increase to provide training for teachers in the use of the 1:1 technology.
- Introduce an in-house PTECH program in the 2019-20 school year. PTECH allows students to earn local college credit and an associate’s degree while still in high school. The budget includes funding to instruct teachers in the use of project-based learning, which is used in PTECH. Peterson said it has not been decided what focus the PTECH program will take or which college may be involved.
- Add a custodial worker to maintain the grounds at both buildings given the extensive field work that was included in the 2016 capital project.
- Restore the Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Supervisor position to oversee both departments.
- Expand the assistant principal position to 12 months. The assistant principal will be shared between the Jr./Sr. High School and the Elementary School.