NORTHVILLE — The Northville Central School District Board of Education has proposed an $11,052,473 budget for the 2017-18 school year.
According to a release, the budget includes investments intended to improve the quality of the school’s academic program and expand opportunities for students.
The budget reflects a spending increase of $441,910, or 4.16 percent and a 1.936 percent tax levy increase. Residents with a home assessed at about $100,000 would see their tax bill rise by about $33.
According to Superintendent Dr. Leslie Ford, the budget is part of an effort that began during the 2015-16 school year to make resident’s school tax bills more predictable. Long term fiscal planning will help minimize the effect on taxpayers of increases in health insurance premiums and other anticipated expenditures.
“We’re making good use of our fund balance and dedicated reserves to smooth out the tax levy impact over several years, rather than see taxes take one large jump,” Ford said.
The budget calls for the use of $375,000 in fund balance, which is an increase of more than 56 percent. The district also plans to use $185,000 from its reserves, which is an increase of $35,000.
Included in the proposed budget is funding to establish two high school networks of study in the fields of technology and innovation or hospitality and tourism.
The school has already invested nearly $50,000 to purchase two computer numerical control milling machines for drilling and cutting, two 3D printers and a laser cutter.
The school is reaching out to area hotels and motels, the Saratoga Race Course and Rivers Casino and Resort to establish partnerships to create opportunities for students.
The school is also proposing the purchase of one school bus at a cost not to exceed $105,975.
One person, Carolyn Adamczyk or Lynda Klippel, will also be elected to the Board of Education to replace Dennis Poulin, who did not seek re-election.
According to Ford, NCSD has a partnership with Edinburg as a feeder school, which she said is important to the success of all students. She also said the school seeks the assistance and coaching of national trainers and are involved in the Successful Practices Network, which she said has given the school a feedback system for professional development growth.
“We’re really striving for a small school district,” she said.
Qualified residents are set to vote on the budget on May 16.