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Daniel T. Connor
Superintendent

227 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 615-6720

Central School District

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Residents to vote on additional propositions May 16

April 24, 2017 - In addition to the proposed budget, district residents will be asked to vote on three propositions on Tuesday, May 16.

Purchase six school buses

District residents will vote to authorize the purchase of six school buses – four 64-passenger or larger school buses at a maximum estimated cost of $109,321 each; and two 64-passenger or larger school buses with luggage compartments at a maximum estimated cost of $115,196 each; for a total estimated cost of $667,676.

Replacing some school buses annually allows the Transportation Department to maintain student safety while controlling maintenance and repair costs on older buses. The new buses will replace older vehicles that have become expensive to repair.

If approved, approximately 60 percent of the $667,676 proposition would be covered by state aid. The cost to local taxpayers would be bonded over five years, with the first payment due during the 2018-19 school year – the first year that the district will begin receiving state aid reimbursement. There will be no effect on the 2017-18 tax levy.

Replenish the Capital Reserve Fund amount

District residents will vote to replenish the district’s Capital Reserve Fund with unassigned fund balance for the remainder of its 10-year term in order to offset the cost of future renovations and construction projects.

Voters approved the creation of the Capital Reserve Fund several years ago when it was listed as a proposition on the 2011-12 school year budget vote. The fund was established for a period of 10 years. At its inception, the fund had a zero balance; money was acquired from end-of-year surplus funds as well as accrued interest.

In January 2014, voters approved a $4.6 million capital improvement project for district-wide renovations based on the results of the building condition survey that was conducted in 2010 and recommendations from the district’s architects. Because the money was set aside in the Capital Reserve Fund, the renovations were completed at no additional cost to taxpayers.

In addition, approximately $9 million from the Capital Reserve Fund will be applied to the $30.48 million capital improvement project that was approved by voters in February. The project, based on the results of the 2015 building condition survey, will address renovations and additions at Goshen High School as well as district-wide IT infrastructure needs, and will not affect the tax levy due to the Capital Reserve Fund as well as state aid and retiring debt service.

However, now that the fund’s money has been depleted, voters are asked to authorize that the Capital Reserve Fund be replenished with surplus funds for the remainder of its 10-year term (four years).

Please note that the district is NOT asking voters to immediately place $5 million into this reserve – it is only asking for voters to authorize that the reserve fund be replenished, over the remainder of its term, with unassigned fund balance from end-of-year surpluses.

Replenishing the Capital Reserve Fund will allow the district to place aside money to help cover or alleviate the cost of future capital projects. A separate vote at a later time would still be needed to approve any capital project proposals and withdraw money from that fund.

Elect members to the Board of Education

District residents will elect two members to the Board of Education for three-year terms to fill the seats of Board members Allison Salte and Thomas Mullane, whose terms expire at the end of the school year.

Typically, the candidates who receive the most votes would be appointed to these positions; however, this year, the incumbents are running unopposed. They will be sworn in at the organizational board meeting in July. Their terms will commence on July 1, 2017 and expire on June 30, 2020.

The candidates are (listed in ballot order):

  • Allison Salte, incumbent

  • Thomas Mullane, incumbent.