• Budget Development at Westport Central School


    August 2018 Additions:

    2019 Changes to Exemptions for Property Owners Age 65 and Over 

    This one-page document describes the changes to exemptions for property owners age 65 and over. 

    June 2018 Additions:

    June 2018 Re-Vote Budget Newsletter

    This six-page document describes the school board’s proposed $6,296,938 budget plan slated for voter consideration June 19th, quantifies the reduced teacher staffing associated with this re-vote budget proposal, identifies what would happen if the school board does not obtain voter approval for is re-vote budget proposal, provides a single-sheet forecasted revenues report, and offers New York State’s updated single-sheet property tax report card for Westport CSD.

    June 2018 Re-Vote Budget Detail Booklet

    This document features preliminary draft district goals for 2018-19, a capsule description of the school board’s responsibility to prepare a budget plan for voter consideration, a five-page annotated edition of the school board’s proposed budget plan, a copy of the June 2018 re-vote budget newsletter slated to be mailed to district residents, along with the State-mandated inclusion of Albany-generated reports such a as a 43-page New York State School Report Card on Westport CSD and a State Fiscal Accountability Supplement focused on Westport CSD.

    June 2018 Annotated Re-Vote Budget Narrative

    This five-page budget narrative features a brief description for each major category of the school board’s proposed 2018-19 re-vote budget at Westport CSD.

     

    Winter-Spring 2018 Budget Development Calendar

    May 2018 Additions:

    School Board Adopts a Re-Vote Budget Proposal at Property Tax Cap Threshold

    This bulletin outlines the school board’s proposed re-vote budget of $6,296,938 slated for voter consideration June 19, 2018 featuring a property tax increase that adheres to the state’s 2018-19 property tax cap threshold for Westport CSD.

    Results of May 15, 2018 Voluntary Voter Exit Survey

    This public report offers facts and figures regarding the school board’s May 15, 2018 voluntary voter perceptions survey associated with the annual vote and election.

    Bulletin - Results of the Annual Vote and Election

    This bulletin provides facts and figures regarding the results of the May 15, 2018 annual vote and election. 

    Bulletin Regarding Property Tax Estimates

    This bulletin provides additional, updated information regarding estimated property tax increases associated with the school board’s May 2018 budget proposal for 2018-19.

    May 2018 Forecasted Revenues for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year

    A detailed report from the school business office identifying forecasted 2018-19 fiscal year resources for Westport CSD. This detailed listing identifies forecasted property taxes, basic state aid, excess cost aid associate with certain special education services, BOCES aid, textbook aid and transportation aid among more than twenty categories of forecasted 2018-19 fiscal year revenues associated with the school board’s May 2018 proposed expenditures plan. That proposed expenditures plan is slated for voter consideration at the May 15 2018 annual vote and election.

    May 2018 Business Office Worksheet on Estimated Tax Rate Calculation for 2018-19

    Provides the detailed tax rate calculation figures used by the school business office to establish the estimated $102.19 amount of 2018-19 fiscal year tax increase on real property carrying a $100,000 assessment, associated with the school board's May 2018 proposed expenditures plan, with that estimate including STAR exemption. Page two of the worksheet displays the $102.19 figure within the detailed tax rate calculation worksheet. The most recent tax roll (the calendar year 2017 tax roll) was used for the the calculations. 

    Spring Update - Progress Toward District Goals

    Provides capsulized scope of accomplishment and progress toward this school year's set of district goals. Includes notable achievements associated with students, instructional programs, support operations and fiscal accountability.

    NYS Spring 2018 Fiscal Accountability Report Card

    An info-graphic summarizing New York State's spring 2018 three-page fiscal accountability report card on Westport CSD expenditures, compared with statewide spending and compared with spending of all school districts viewed by Albany as similar to Westport (average wealth communities).

    Budget Detail Booklet

    This document features preliminary draft district goals for 2018-19, a capsule description of the school board’s responsibility to prepare a budget plan for voter consideration, a multi-page annotated edition of the school board’s proposed budget plan, a copy of the annual budget newsletter mailed to district residents, along with the State-mandated inclusion of Albany-generated reports such a as a 43-page New York State School Report Card on Westport CSD and a three-page Fiscal Accountability Supplement.

    May 2018 Budget Newsletter

    This eight-page document describes the school board’s proposed $6,562,000 budget plan slated for voter consideration May 15th, addresses the estimated property tax impact of that proposal, explains why the annual budgeting process is a challenge for Westport CSD, offers details regarding the May 15th voter proposition that would authorize use of existing reserve funds to purchase a replacement mower and a replacement plow truck with a plow and sander, identifies why the school board’s proposal requires a supermajority of voters, includes a single-sheet proposed 2018-19 summary budget and features the state-mandated three-page property tax report card.

    April 2018 Additions:

    April 20, 2018 School Board Adopts Proposed Budget

    The school board adopted a $6,562,000 proposed budget plan for voter consideration at the May 15, 2018 annual vote and election. This document offers pertinent facts and figures regarding the school board's proposed budget plan, along with questions and responses associated with the school board's proposed budget plan.

    April 12, 2018 Interim Superintendent’s Update

    This two-page public report offers an update on the school board’s budget development process, to date. This public report also features the Interim Superintendent’s recommendation to compact Westport CSD administrative staffing for next school year, starting July 1st: Consolidate the two required administrative positions (Superintendent and Principal) into a singular Superintendent-Principal position.

    March 2018 Additions:

    March 22, 2018 Interim Superintendent’s Update

    This three-page edition outlines why it is that additional elements of budgeting will become clearer in the days and weeks ahead. This update also outlines why Westport CSD is at an extraordinary moment in time. A spring 2018 conflict between state control of public school districts vs. local control of public school districts is offered, along with an update on statewide budget deliberations in Albany.

    Planning for Our Future

    Our school community faces an important choice: Maintaining Westport CSD as a school district or merging with Elizabethtown-Lewis CSD. This report features a side-by-side comparison of Westport CSD and a merged district across the near term future.

    Top Priority Equipment Replacement

    Outlines the two priorities for major equipment slated for voter consideration in a May 2018 proposition to authorize purchase of such equipment via the school district’s existing reserve fund for such expenditures.

    March 2018 Interim Superintendent’s Update

    This edition of the Superintendent’s monthly update features details regarding the merger study process, statewide budget development regarding public education, budget development at Westport CSD regarding next school year and other topical matters.

    Preliminary Draft Voluntary Voter Exit Survey

    This preliminary draft May 2018 voluntary voter exit survey is slated for school board consideration March 2018. The survey is intended to assist the school board and school district with gathering voter perceptions regarding several key topics associated with school district programs, services and budgeting.

    Weighing the Budget Factors – March 2018 Edition

    This March 2018 infographic capsulizes several key factors associated with winter-spring 2018 budget development at Westport CSD.

    District Bulletin of March 2, 2018

    This document offers concise start-of-the month updates on topical matters such as the merger study process, budget development and a proposed formal resolution on school safety and security slated for school board consideration March 2018.

    February 2018 Additions:

    Interim Superintendent’s Update of February 8, 2018

    This document highlights the winter 2018 merger study process newsletter slated for February 2018 mail delivery to district residents, and an update on budget development for Westport CSD.

    Early Forecast of Revenues & Expenditures – February 8, 2018 Edition

    This document highlights an early forecast of estimated revenues and anticipated expenditures for next school year, based on the Governor’s January 2018 Executive Budget Proposal, and based on the school district’s estimates of 2018-19 costs for contractual, employment, facilities, program and support operations next school year. At this moment in time, there is a “gap” of roughly $250,000 between forecast revenues and forecasted expenditures. This early forecast is slated for continued examination and revising at the school board’s March 8, 2018 budget development workshop #2. 

    Tuition vs. Per Pupil Cost at Westport CSD

    This chart portrays the current tuition rate at Westport CSD for non-resident students as being equal to roughly 9.6% of per-pupil costs at Westport CSD, based on the New York State Education Department’s spring 2017 fiscal accountability report card on Westport CSD.

    School Bus Fleet Report – February 8, 2018 Edition

    This infographic summarizes the status of the school district’s fleet of school buses, and outlines the anticipated May 2018 proposition for voters to consider authorizing replacement of the school district’s thirteen year old plow truck for upkeep of the school district’s school bus thoroughfares, main entrance and parking areas; and purchase of a commercial-sized mower to replace the twenty-five year old commercial-sized mower for upkeep of the school district’s athletic fields and playground areas.

    Weighing the Budget Factors

    This infographic outlines key factors associated with budget development at Westport CSD that will likely be of focus during the final weeks of winter 2018 and the beginning of spring 2018.

     

    January 2018 Additions:

    January 22, 2018 District Bulletin 

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    2017-18 Proposed Budget


    Westport Central School District residents will consider a school budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from noon until 8:00 PM in the Bulles Auditorium lobby.  Information on the 2017-18 proposal can be found below, and use the links at the left to view more specific information.
     
    The 2017-18 Westport Central School Proposed Budget
     
     $6,046,000
     
    The Westport CSD Proposed Budget for 2017-18 'By-the-Numbers'
    Year-to-year spending increase:  1.68%
    Tax Levy increase:  -0.33%
     
    PROGRAM BUDGET:  $4,688,726.00 (77.55%)
    The Program Budget includes:  salaries and benefits for all teachers, guidance counselor, teaching assistants, teacher aides, school nurse, social workers, psychologists and speech therapists.
     
    CAPITAL BUDGET:  $620.045.00 (10.26%)
    The Capital Budget includes:  debt service; bus purchases; tax certiorari and court-ordered costs; and operations and maintenance costs including custodial staffing.
     
    ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET:  $737,229.00 (12.19%)
    The Administrative Budget includes:  salaries and benefits for all professional members who spend 50 percent or more of their time in administration and/or supervision.  Also included in this budget area are clerical staff, public information, curriculum development and supervision, research, planning and evaluation; legal services; and school board related costs. 
     
    ANNUAL MANDATORY BUDGET NOTIFICATIONS:  click each report title to view the information. 
     
    Mandator Budget Notice 
     
    ANNUAL BUDGET HEARING:  
     
    Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM