View articles from the 2011-12 budget vote, held
May 17, 2011
View results from anonymous voter exit
June 14, 2011 - The Goshen Central School District
offered a 12-question voter exit survey at the budget vote on May 17,
2011. After voting, residents were offered a voluntary and anonymous
paper survey, which was set up on two tables outside the Main Street
Board of Education Room polling location.
View the results (PDF)
Results from the 2011-12 budget vote
May 17, 2011 - On May 17, district residents passed
the proposed budget for 2011-12 by a vote of 1,401
yes votes to 754 no votes. The school bus purchase proposition passed
with 1,190 yes votes and 871 no votes, and the Capital Reserve Fund
proposition also passed, with 1,221 yes votes and 797 no votes.
Tom Frederick and Loretta Richner
were elected to the Board of Education with 1,383 votes and 1,270 votes,
respectively. District officials would like to thank the members
of the Goshen community for their continued support of our schools.
Learn about additional propositions for May
May 12, 2011 - In addition to the proposed budget for
2011-12, district residents will be asked to vote on additional
propositions on Tuesday, May 17.
The 2011-12 budget newsletter is now online
May 6, 2011 - Learn more about the proposed budget
for next year -- read the 2011-12 budget newsletter. Please note that
each resident should receive the newsletter in the mail over the next
View the newsletter (PDF)
View the Budget Q&A
May 4, 2011 - View important information about the
2011-12 proposed budget, in Question-and-Answer format.
View Q&A (PDF)
Residents go to the polls on Tuesday, May 17
April 25, 2011 - On Tuesday, May 17, Goshen Central
School District residents will vote on a $60,172,813 proposed budget for
2011-12. This budget represents one of the lowest spending increases in
recent history, at 0.8 percent.
Clarification on Goshen’s capital reserve
April 13, 2011 - There has been some confusion
concerning the capital reserve fund proposition that will be placed
before voters during the annual budget vote on May 17.
State budget passed with modest restoration
in school aid
April 5, 2011 - On March 30, the New York State
Legislature passed its state budget for 2011-12 that includes a
restoration of $272 million from the Governor’s proposed $1.5 billion
cut in funding for education.
New York’s schools, the state budget and
rhetoric: New Yorkers deserve an accurate picture
March 31, 2011 - As the state budget winds its way
toward passage, it’s important to fact check some recent statements
about schools, funding and academic performance.
Goshen Schools calls for 0.8% spending
increase in 2011-12
March 30, 2011 - Despite
unprecedented financial challenges, the Goshen Central School District
will keep its proposed spending increase for the 2011-12 budget below
What else is on the ballot on May 17? Learn
more about propositions
March 30, 2011 - In addition to the operating budget,
residents will be asked to vote on three additional propositions during
the budget vote on May 17.
Petitions for Board of Education available
March 4, 2011 - Petitions to run for two available
positions on the Goshen Central School District Board of Education will
be available on March 14 at the district office, 227 Main Street.
Initial budget proposals presented to Board
March 2, 2011 - The initial round of budget proposals
for the 2011-12 school year have been presented to the Board of
Education during regularly scheduled Board meetings.
View the Mandate Relief Team Report
March 2, 2011 - In January, Governor Andrew Cuomo
created the Mandate Relief Redesign Team, made up of representatives
from private industry, education, labor and government, to look for ways
to relieve taxpayers from unfunded and underfunded mandates.
District favors conservative approach in
using financial reserves to balance budget
February 28, 2011 - Governor Andrew Cuomo has stated
that school districts should use their fund balances in order to cover
losses in state aid for the 2011-12 school year.
Breaking down Cuomo's tax cap proposal
The Governor’s proposed tax cap: What does it mean?
February 16, 2011 - Late last month, the New York
State Senate passed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s bill to impose a property
tax cap proposal for schools and local governments, beginning in
2012-13, by a vote of 45-17. Although the State Legislature still needs
to accept this bill in order for it to be enacted, many questions
surround the Governor’s proposed tax cap.
Governor’s budget proposal calls for $1.47
million reduction in aid to Goshen Schools
February 3, 2011 - Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget
proposal for the 2011-12 fiscal year includes a reduction of $1.47
million in state aid to Goshen Schools from the current school year.
District's self-funded health plan defies
trend of double-digit premium hikes
January 28, 2011 - During a time when health
insurance premium hikes are in the double digits, the Goshen Central
School District’s widely used health insurance plan, the Orange-Ulster
School District Health Plan, is looking at a premium increase of only 1%
for next year.
Electricity control will save district
$10,000 to $15,000 per year
District installs occupancy sensors to better control lighting
January 27, 2011 - As part of continuing efforts to
increase the efficiency of its energy consumption – as well as decrease
expenditures – the Goshen Central School District recently installed
occupancy sensors throughout the district in order to better control
lighting within its facilities.
Governor creates team to cut unfunded
mandates for schools
January 14, 2011 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has
announced the signing of an Executive Order to create a team of private
and public sector individuals charged with finding ways to cut the
unfunded and underfunded mandates that help make New York one of the
most taxed states in the nation.
District to receive funding through Federal
Education Jobs Act
December 15, 2010 - Governor Paterson has signed into
law the legislation that will authorize the appropriation of funding for
the Federal Education Jobs Act.
Get important budget information via SNN,
December 3, 2010 - Goshen's budget development
process for the 2011-12 school year is underway -- how will you learn
about the latest budget news? Keep informed on important budget issues
by signing up to receive messages from Goshen's School News Notifier
(SNN), become a fan of Goshen's Facebook page and receive tweets from
Goshen's Twitter account.
District faces number of concerns,
uncertainties while developing budget
December 3, 2010 - The budget development process for
the 2011-12 school year is underway. There are a number of concerns and
uncertainties facing the district as we begin this difficult process.
Goshen Central School District to receive
$52,243 from RTTT
November 15, 2010 - The Goshen Central School
District has received word that it will receive $52,243 in Race to the
Top (RTTT) funding. This money will be allocated over four years.
Goshen applies for Race to the Top funds;
waiting to hear from the State
October 14, 2010 - The Goshen Central School District
has applied for Race to the Top (RTTT) funding before the October 18,
2010 deadline. At this time, it is unclear as to what our expected
allocations will be from the state and federal governments.