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Croton-Harmon School Budget Decreases Spending

Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School will embrace new technology under the proposed Croton-Harmon schools budget.
Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School will embrace new technology under the proposed Croton-Harmon schools budget. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- The Croton-Harmon school district has put forth a 2016-17 budget proposal to the community for Tuesday's election that represents an overall decrease compared with the current year’s budget.

In addition, the spending plan falls below the district’s mandated tax levy cap, preserves current programs and enriches additional learning opportunities for students at every grade level. The proposed $45,905,975 budget falls $84,642 below the district’s maximum tax levy cap calculation.

The district projects the proposed budget will yield a tax rate decrease of 3.5 percent in Yorktown and an increase of 0.57 percent in Cortlandt. In the coming year, STEM offerings will continue to expand at Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School. Croton-Harmon High School is adding a new AP computer science course and an engineering course. Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School students will continue to pilot world language courses and embrace new technology.

In addition to the proposed budget, residents may vote on three additional propositions on Tuesday – the election of two Board of Education trustees, the proposed Croton Free Library tax levy of $821,144 and the proposed transportation vehicle purchases. This proposal includes the purchase of five new vehicles. This proposition will not exceed $260,000.

Like many other New York state school districts, Croton-Harmon is contending with funding state mandates like Common Core and the Annual Professional Performance Review, which are not fully covered by the financial aid offered by the state. The district plans to use $926,016 in fund balance and $400,000 in reserve funds to help offset these costs and keep the budget beneath the tax cap.

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