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2013-14 archives


Exit poll summary now available

Throughout the duration of the May 21 school budget vote and Board of Education election, numerous district residents volunteered to complete an anonymous exit survey to help school leaders better understand the voting public's opinion on budget-related issues and to assist with budget communication planning for upcoming school years. The results of that survey have been compiled and are now available for review. Download the complete 2013-14 exit survey report (PDF)


Thank you for coming out to vote!
2013-14 budget approved by voters

On May 21, Guilderland Central School District residents approved a $91,023,200 budget for the 2013-14 school year by a vote of 1,778 (yes) to 1,011 (no). This budget represents a 1.98 percent increase in spending over the current year’s budget and will result in a 3.39 percent tax levy increase for district residents. Tax rates are estimated to increase by the same amount.

Voters also approved a $1,013,000 bus and equipment proposition to purchase ten new buses and a commercial mower by a vote of 1,728 (yes) to 1,049 (no) and elected three members to the Board of Education. Official election results are as follows:
   Gloria Towle-Hilt (1,798 votes)
   Colleen O’Connell (1,790 votes)
   Barbara Fraterrigo (1,779 votes)


Frequently Asked Questions about the budget

Want to learn more about the 2013-14 spending plan, the budget process, and education issues in general?  Visit the budget FAQ page


Budget rumors: Fact or fiction?

Preparing a school budget is a complex process. While the district makes every effort to explain the nuances of all proposed changes in a clear and concise manner, rumors are bound to arise. For clarification on some of the more common questions and concerns being heard around town, visit the new Budget Rumor: Fact or Fiction Web page.


Fact sheets on our toughest challenges (updated March 2013)

Want to learn more about some of the biggest challenges schools throughout New York State are facing? If so, please take a few moments to read through the fact sheets below: (click on the title of the fact sheet to open the PDF)

NYS Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA): What is it? Why does it matter?

Budget votes: Explains the new contingency rules

New York State's Property Tax Levy Cap: FAQs about navigating through year two of the legislation

The three tax levy numbers: Explains the different tax levy figures that schools will be talking about

Tax levy limit formula: Provides an annotated explanation of the tax levy "cap" formula

Mandates and mandate relief: Explains what mandates are and recaps the decades-old efforts to provide relief

Pensions: Explains public pensions, the latest pension "reform" changes and how the tax levy "cap" exclusion works

STAR: Explains New York's School TAx Relief (STAR) program


Understanding New York's new property tax levy "cap"

Want to learn about the property tax levy "cap" and what it means for GCSD? Visit the "Understanding New York's new property tax levy cap" Web page or watch the brief video below:


We want to hear from you!

Since late November, more than 150 school community members have spent time learning about the many issues currently facing our school district as participants in our community conversation events. From the fiscal pressures of declining state aid and increased costs to the implementation of mandates and the continuation of the state's tax levy limit cap, attendees have raised excellent questions and provided useful feedback for district leaders regarding many of our toughest challenges. If you would like to provide budget feedback to the Superintendent of School and Board of Education, please visit our Budget Feedback webpage.


Be an advocate for students in the Guilderland Central School District

Advocacy takes many forms. It could be a note to an elected official, a comment made during a public forum, a letter to a newspaper editor or formal testimony at public hearings. It could be as simple as chatting with neighbors to clear up misunderstandings about education issues or sharing education-related stories with a local civic organization during monthly meetings. Learn more about advocacy and how you can get involved

Want to learn more about the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)?

The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) law was first introduced for the 2010-11 fiscal year by then-Governor Paterson as a way to help close New York’s then $10 billion budget deficit. Under the legislation, a portion of the funding shortfall at the state level is divided among all school districts throughout the state and reflected as a reduction in school district state aid. The GEA is a negative number, money that is deducted from the aid originally due to the district. In 2012-13, Guilderland Central School District saw an overall loss in funds of $4.1 million as a result of the GEA. Since the program began three years ago, the total GEA reduction in school aid for GCSD amounts to $12.3 million and the district is expected to see an additional reduction of $4 million in 2013-14.




Schools slated to receive increase in aid; a closer look at projections for GCSD

While the New York State legislature has yet to officially adopt a budget for 2013-14, state leaders are projecting an increase in state aid for public schools beyond what was originally included in Governor Cuomo’s executive budget. Learn more about the projected increase in aid and what it means for GCSD. 


Superintendent presents 2013-14 proposed budget

Learn more about the superintendent's budget proposal and watch a replay of the meeting


Feb. 5 community conversation focuses on budget development to date;
list of potential changes for 2013-14

Learn more about the event and the topics discussed


Let Us Be Heard: Community Advocacy for a Guilderland Education

On Tuesday, January 15, Guilderland Central School District hosted a special community event, “Let Us Be Heard: Community Advocacy for a Guilderland Education,” to take a closer look at these issues and how they are impacting the school district. Learn more about the event and download event materials


Setting the Course...
Community event explores where we are; where we are going

Learn more about the event


Federal Mandates on Local Education: Costs and Consequences
Yes, it’s a Race, but is it in the Right Direction?

A new report report recently released by the Center for Research, Regional Education, and Outreach at the State University of New York at New Paltz takes a closer look at how the federal Race to the Top Initiative has dramatically changed both how we educate our children and how we fund public K-12 education in our state. Read the full report (PDF)


Contact information for our elected officials

Do you have a concern about the new tax “cap” law? Do you want to ask your local representative for mandate relief? Would you like to see education aid restored? If so, now is the time to act! All voters can have a “say” in the laws and regulations affecting our schools by contacting their elected officials to share their opinions. The more officials hear from their constituents, the better. View contact information for our elected officials


Not sure how to use the electronic voting machines?

Once again, GCSD will be using electronic voting machines at all polling locations. Not sure what to expect? Watch a brief video to learn more 




2012-13 archives

Learn more about the 2012-13 budget


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