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Proposed 2022-2023 School Budget Below Tax Levy Limit 

Proposed 2022-2023 School Budget Below Tax Levy Limit 

Provides for Educational Support, Transportation Needs, and Maintaining an Equitable and Safe Learning Environment

The Kingston City School District (KCSD) Board of Education at their meeting on April 20, 2022 adopted a $203.12 million proposed budget for the 2022-2023 school year, which continues all existing student programs, while supporting its transportation infrastructure. KCSD will maintain the commitments that make it a rich community for learning, including: all current electives, maintaining smaller class sizes, supporting its full list of athletic programs and extracurriculars, and providing a safe and healthy environment for learning.

The proposed budget carries a 2.98% tax levy increase, which is well below our Maximum Allowable Tax Levy of 3.64%. The district strives to keep all levy increases to a minimum, and has consistently stayed below the limit for 6 out of the last 8 years with, notably, a zero percent increase in the 2021-2022 school year. KCSD Superintendent Dr. Paul J. Padalino expands: “We are being conscious of everything that our community goes through. While this year we can’t achieve the zero increase that we were able to last year, we recognize that our community values that we provide the highest quality education to our students - this budget does that.”

Supports Academic Excellence

KCSD is committed to upholding high academic standards, and providing a pathway to flourish for every interest–from music to art to computer coding. The majority of available budget dollars are dedicated to instruction, upholding KCSD’s mission of inspiring, educating, and graduating “All Students. All of the Time.” The district will continue to provide a strong foundation for students with disabilities with an increase of $623,576 to a total of $38.62 million. Instructional support increases by $182,914 to a total of $3.83 million. 

Addresses Transportation Needs 

The district contracts with four local bus companies to transport more than 5,000 students over 12,000 miles daily. In addition, the district also transports resident pupils to private and parochial schools within an established limit of fifteen miles, and the children with special needs within and outside of the district. The budget anticipates the cost of expanded transportation contracts due to several external factors, including rising fuel costs and an ongoing bus driver shortage, which will likely require the contracted companies to raise wages. The district is prepared to meet these challenges, and is committed to providing reliable transportation to all students.

How to Take Part

Voters will be able to cast their ballots on the proposed budget on Tuesday, May 17 from 7 AM to 8 PM in schools around the district (find your polling location here). In addition to the budget, voters will elect three members to the Board of Education. 

For more information, the public is invited to a budget hearing on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 5:30pm in the Meagher Board Room, 21 Wynkoop Pl, Kingston, NY 12401.

For even more information, visit our KCSD Budget Vote & Board of Education Election page.