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2019 Budget Newsletter Available; Vote Scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 at Transportation and Operations Center

The Rush-Henrietta Central School District will mail the annual budget newsletter in early May, but it is available online right now by clicking here

The Board of Education’s proposed budget for 2019-2020 proposal calls for a tax rate increase of less than 2 percent. It ensures all programs and services that our children receive this year will be available next year. It includes funding to preserve the successful small-class size initiative next year at our K-3 schools; freezes discretionary spending; is designed to provide resources that help ensure similar outcomes at all schools; and uses reserves to remain tax-cap compliant. In addition, it advances improvement priorities, including special education, equity and inclusion, and mental wellness.

The proposed budget also reflects a reduction in the Payment in Lieu of Taxes agreement for The Marketplace Mall. As brick-and-mortar retail struggles, The Marketplace Mall approached the school district seeking a significant reduction in their PILOT payment to allow them funds to rejuvenate the mall. We have worked closely with the town and mall to develop a reduction that is fair to district taxpayers, but also accommodates challenges the mall is facing.

The Board of Education will hold its final public hearing on the proposed 2019-2020 budget during its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the Parker Administration Building.

The annual budget vote and Board of Education election will be held from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Transportation and Operations Center, 1133 Lehigh Station Road.

At that time, eligible voters will be able to choose two community members to serve on the Board of Education. Two seats are available this year and there are two candidates - Mrs. Annmarie Strzyzynski and Mrs. Mai Abdullah. They are both incumbents. Learn more about them by watching this video from Meet the Candidates Night, sponsored by the District Parent Advisory Council. 

If you have budget-related questions, please call Mr. Andy Whitmore, assistant superintendent for schools operations and finance, at 359-5037.