THE 2018-2019 SCHOOL BUDGET
The Kingston City School District Board of Education has adopted a $175,032,027 proposed budget for the 2018–2019 school year that carries a 2.62 percent tax levy increase and is UNDER the New York State tax levy limit calculation of 3.6 percent. This budget provides instructional and operational support for the approximately 6,200 students in our ten school buildings, and includes funding for our commitment to safety, technology, and appropriate class sizes. It provides for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, athletics, music, library, art, extra-curricular offerings, and more. The budget contains no cuts to programs and increases the KCSD’s investment in learning opportunities for special education students, who require Individualized Education Plans. For more details on exactly how the money is spent, including support for program, capital, and administrative costs please click here.
In the proposed 2018-2019 budget 80.95% is dedicated to Program (teacher salaries and benefits, school supplies, and all related education costs); 11.37% goes to the Capital Budget (refers to all facilities costs such as leases, annual debt service, custodial salaries and benefits, service contracts, custodial supplies, maintenance and repair of facilities, and utilities) and 7.68 % goes to the Administration Budget (includes central administration and school offices, along with clerical support, salaries and benefits, and related expenses of all school administrators, board of education expenses for planning, and other administrative activities.)
UPGRADE TO SCHOOL FACILITIES - USE OF CAPITAL RESERVE FUNDS
This will allow the KCSD to spend up to $16 million in repairs and upkeep at John F. Kennedy Elementary, Harry L. Edson Elementary, and M. Clifford Miller Middle School. The projects would be funded through monies already set aside for repairs, as well as by issuing bonds, the costs of which would be offset by state building aid. This work could be accomplished at no additional cost to the local taxpayer.
Projects include site improvements like concrete walkways and asphalt paving, selective window replacements, mechanical upgrades, American’s with Disabilities (ADA) compliance upgrades, and emergency lighting repairs.
CAPITAL RESERVE FUND PROPOSITION
This will allow the district to establish a new Capital Reserve Fund, and allocate money to offset future costs of construction projects and associated bonding. In the case of the sale of the Cioni building, the profits from the sale could be saved for future use through this fund. Voter approval would be required to expend the funds from the reserve.
CONVEYANCE (TRANSFER) OF DIETZ STADIUM TO CITY OF KINGSTON
Questions and Answers About the Dietz Stadium Proposal
Proposition 4 - Conveyance of Dietz Stadium to the City of Kingston. What does this mean? Voting YES on this proposition would allow the Board of Education to negotiate the possibility of a transfer of the full ownership of Dietz Stadium, which hosts athletic events for the students and community, to the City. Currently, the City of Kingston and the Kingston City School District each have 50 % ownership of the Stadium. Voting YES would not automatically transfer ownership to the City. Rather, it would give the Board of Education the opportunity to discuss the issue and hold a vote on whether or not to transfer ownership.
Why would the school district give up half ownership of Dietz? Why not continue with a partial ownership?
In September of 2017, NYS Governor Cuomo awarded the City of Kingston with a $10 million grant. The funding and investments provided by the grant must boost the local economy and generate new opportunities for long-term growth. A Kingston Local Planning Committee made up of municipal representatives, community leaders, and other stakeholders identified improvements to Dietz Stadium as a top priority for receiving grant funds. However, implementing major capital projects within the current 50/50 ownership of Dietz Stadium is complex due to various limitations on State Education Department procurement practices; full ownership by the City would alleviate those challenges.
If the City owned Dietz, what kind of improvements would they make?
Proposed work to be accomplished using this grant funding includes:
• New or refurbished locker rooms and bathrooms
• Upgraded / modernized food vending facility
• New visitor bleachers
• Refurbished press box
• Resurfaced parking lot and replace lighting
• Outdoor water fountains
• Stadium Wi-Fi for visitors
• Bike Racks
• Stadium Signage
• New grandstand sound and PA systems
• On-site storage shed
Would student use of Dietz Stadium continue? Yes. It is a top priority of Mayor Noble and Superintendent Padalino that student use of Dietz would continue to be a priority. The improvements to the stadium could also mean student use of the stadium would be expanded. In recent years, the Kingston City School District has not been able to host certain interscholastic athletic competitions, as neighboring school districts with superior facilities have been selected.
What assurances do parents have that student use of Dietz stadium will remain a priority?
Prior to their vote, the Board of Education will require the City to sign a new legal contract assuring the KCSD retains priority for student use, similar to the agreement that currently exists.
Questions about the budget? Please email District Treasurer Bethany Woodard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Archived Budget Planning Videos
The Kingston City School District hosted a 'Meet the Candidates' night on May 8th, 2018, where incumbents Danielle Guido, Robin Jacobowitz, and James Shaughnessy discussed education-related issues and took questions from the audience. The three candidates are running unopposed for re-election during the May 15th, 2018 Board of Education and Budget Vote. For other issues on the ballot, please visit www.kingstoncityschools.org/budget.Author:Length: