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The 2018-19 Budget season began on October 3 when the Board of Education adopted the budget calendar for the year and administration had closed the books from the 2017-18 school year. The 2018-19 budget will continue to support the district's strategic plan while also ensuring that we are sensitive to the capacity of our tax paying community. As the documents below demonstrate, this is always an iterative process with the Board of Education, administration, our advisory committees, and the community, and that process continues through May 15 when we will ask the community to cast their votes on three propositions: 1) the general fund budget, 2) the continuation of our bus replacement plan, and 3) the establishment of a capital reserve to be used in future years to pay for busses and/or facilities improvements. The community will also be asked to cast votes for three (3) board seats as the terms for Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Brogan, and Mr. Coville are up.

Please check back to this page often for additional updates and information.

The SCS District Office Team




May 15, 2018 | 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | SCS District Office | 45 E. Elizabeth St.

The election will take place in the Skaneateles Central Schools District Office:

• Please use the main entrance.

• The parking area next to the building will be reserved for voters.

• Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

• You may wish to schedule your trip to the polls to avoid student arrival and dismissal times:

        • Arrival – 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

        • Dismissal – 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• We invite you to the District Art Show in the District Office.

QUALIFICATIONS OF VOTERS: Citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age and a resident of the Skaneateles Central School District at least 30 days prior to the date of the vote (renters are district residents - proof of address for new residents is required).

Propositions On Ballot:  What You Will See When You Vote:

Shall the Board of Education of the Skaneateles Central School District, Counties of Cayuga and Onondaga, New York, be authorized to expend the sum of $34,009,732 for the 2018-2019 school year and levy the necessary tax when due?

Shall the Board of Education of the Skaneateles Central School District, Onondaga County, New York, be authorized to purchase and finance student transport vehicles, including necessary furnishings, fixtures and equipment and all other costs incidental thereto, and expend a total sum not to exceed $450,000, which is estimated to be the total maximum cost thereof, and said amount, or so much thereof as may be necessary, be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and collected in annual installments as provided by Section 416 of the Education Law; and, in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District, in the principal amount not to exceed $450,000, be issued?


Shall the Board of Education of the Skaneateles Central School District be authorized to establish a new ten-year capital reserve pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law in an amount not to exceed $2,500,000 to be used for renovations and additions to all district facilities, including purchase of equipment and school busses, technology upgrades, classroom equipment and/or school infrastructure equipment, site development, storm and sanitary sewers, driveways, and parking lots, such reserve fund to be funded from (i) year-end budget surplus funds known as unassigned fund balance, as available, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 and each fiscal year thereafter for the term of the reserve fund, (ii) future transfers of excess monies from Board of Education designated reserves, (iii) amounts from budgetary appropriations from time-to-time, and (iv) New York State aid received and made available by the Board of Education from time-to-time, all as permitted by law?

2018-2019 Proposed Budget

  • Total Budget:  $34,009,732
  • Tax levy increase: 3.75% (see below for a common question related to the "2% Tax Cap")
  • Budget to budget increase:  4.78%



Estimated tax impact*:

How Can the District Propose a Tax Levy That Is Above the NYS 2% Tax Cap?

This is a common question and comes from a misunderstanding of what the "2% cap" actually is. For information on what is really meant by this term, please see a short video at Other common questions will be posted shortly.

Skaneateles Central Schools Board of Education Adopts 2018-2019 District Budget

SKANEATELES, NY (April 11, 2018) – On Tuesday, April 10, the Skaneateles Central School District’s 2018-2019 budget was adopted by the Board of Education, finalizing the budget adoption process that began in October of 2017.

The adopted budget carries an anticipated tax levy increase of 3.75%, although the district’s tax cap for this year was 4.44%.

State law refers to a “2% tax cap”, which is quite misleading, as the actual cap for each district is based on an eight-step calculation that fluctuates from year to year.  For example, since 2012 the Skaneateles Central School District tax cap has ranged from a low of .09% to a high of 6.25%.

The newly adopted budget maintains and enhances the programming that has been instituted under state regulations and the district’s own strategic plan, and also maintains its existing instructional staffing levels, which serve the district’s increasing overall enrollment.

A new area of funding this year is for school safety and security interventions.

On Tuesday, the Board directed district administration to establish a Community Advisory Committee to guide the administration on developing recommendations for the improvement of school safety and security. The committee’s recommendations may result in suggestions for additional staffing including an additional counselor or social worker, a school resource officer, a teacher for a specialized instruction area or a variety of other possible options. 

The recommendations could also result in additional research-based programming being initiated within the district to better serve the needs of our students.

The budget will now move before the community on Tuesday, May 1 as a part of a community budget informational meeting, which will be held in the Skaneateles Central School District board room at 45 East Elizabeth St., beginning at 7 p.m.

Two weeks later on Tuesday, May 15 the community budget vote and school board election will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Skaneateles Central Schools District Office.

A complete listing of approved budget documents, including a detailed look at the overall budget and all three propositions, is available on the Skaneateles Central Schools website under the announcement section, located in the top right hand corner of the site.

A direct link can be found here:

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Lynda Quick
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152