Letter from the Briarcliff Manor Superintendent of Schools – Upcoming Budget Conversation

Briarcliff Manor School DistrictDear Parents & Residents,

In the hope of keeping our parents and the community informed and engaged during this budget season, I want to provide you with several important updates and reminders of budget events: If you were unable to attend the Monday, March 10th Board of Education meeting where I presented my 2014-15 budget presentation, it is available for viewing on your computer, smartphone or tablet device by clicking on the following URL: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/45053843.

This Saturday, March 22nd, the District will be conducting its 3rd Budget workshop from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Todd Multi-Purpose Room.  This session will be dedicated to a thorough financial examination of next year’s budget proposal.  Public participation and input are both welcome and encouraged.

At Monday’s Board of Education meeting on March 24th at 8 PM,  the building principals will give a presentation highlighting current needs and the impact the 2014-15 budget proposal will have on school programs.  Once again, public participation is encouraged.  If you cannot attend the meeting in person, you can view it live (or recorded) on your computer, smartphone or tablet device by clicking on the following URL:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/briarcliff-board-of-education.

On Wednesday evening March 26th at 7 PM, in the Middle School Cafeteria, the PTA will host an evening with the Superintendent of Schools and Building Principals to discuss our school programs and the implications of the 2014-15 budget proposal.  Please join us for an collaborative discussion on the status of our school programs, next year’s budget proposal, and a look into the future of the Briarcliff Manor School District.

On a final note, I would like to clarify that this year’s projected expenditures are forecast to come in 1.5% below budget. This in combination with higher than expected tuition revenue, could potentially position the district to realize $1.4 million more in funds than the budget anticipated.  I also wish to clarify that the creation and purpose of a Capital Reserve Fund as well as the source and maximum contribution level into such a fund would be subject to voter approval. The 2014-15 Budget Proposal carries a tax-cap compliant 1.97% increase.  An updated Superintendent’s Letter from Tuesday, March 18th is attached.

Happy Spring, and I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at one of these future events.

Very Sincerely,

James Kaishian, Superintendent of Schools

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