Tax Levy within Cap
Since New York State’s adoption of the mandated tax cap, the Harrison Central School District tax levy has been at or below the cap. The 2021-22 Budget proposed increase of 1.73% and tax levy of 1.89%, is within the allowable New York State Tax Levy Cap.
School Budget Vote and School Board Trustee Election
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
7 AM to 9PM at Your Neighborhood Elementary School
Dear Harrison Community:
The 2020-21 school year presented unprecedented challenges for all of us. The Board of Education and I focused on supporting administrators, faculty, and staff in the midst of a global pandemic to ensure the physical and emotional well being of our students, and provide each of them with meaningful education experiences.
In the face of enormous challenges and ever evolving changes, our leadership and teachers created engaging learning for students in person and virtually. Because of your support, we provided ongoing training for teachers as they adapted and helped your children adapt to a learning environment continually redesigned during the year, and still changing now. Teachers reimagined curriculum and their teaching, staff installed cameras in every classroom, reconfigured learning spaces multiple times to meet changing social distancing guidelines, and installed air purification systems in every classroom. With diligent research we brought all of our students back to school safely, despite conflicting and often ill-conceived guidance and requirements. We are proud and grateful to our faculty and staff, and thankful for your support throughout this difficult time for your children.
The preparation of the 2021-22 School Budget was developed to address the challenges our students faced over these difficult months, and to create opportunities for them to thrive in the coming school year. We have always provided summer learning support and enrichment in our annual budget, additional federal dollars will allow for the expansion of these offerings through 2024. The District’s core values, equity, access, rigor, adaptability, celebrate the unique qualities and abilities of each student and are the foundation of our school budget. Here are the highlights of what is included:
Maintains District class size target of 22 students K-12
Provides summer offerings to address learning gaps, offers enrichment programs, and school-based community building experiences
Completes the implementation of IB Middle Years Program (Official Status begins in September)
Begins International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (In pursuit of K-12 IB District)
Continues full funding for IB and AP testing fees at HHS
Maintains Rigorous Professional Development Program for faculty and staff
Continues Health and Safety improvements District-wide
Sustains capital project budget for long term district-wide improvements: ADA compliance, expansion/upgrades of security cameras, classroom renovations and improvements
Continues to enhance/introduce COVID protections and protocols as needed
Since the adoption of the mandated tax levy cap by the New York State Legislature, the Harrison Central School District tax levy has been at or below the cap. The 2021-22 Budget proposed increase of 1.73% and tax levy of 1.89%, is within the allowable New York State Tax Levy Cap.
The Board appreciates its many invaluable partners, our PTAs, the District PT Council and the Harrison Educational Foundation especially throughout the course of this year. The Board also thanks the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee for its feedback during the budget development process.
We thank the Harrison community for consistently supporting high-quality education for the children in Harrison. The District remains committed to the ideals of the International Baccalaureate Program, a mission that could not be more timely or important, to develop... “inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
Board of Education: Kelly Mulvoy Mangan, President; Kelly Kozak, Vice President; Trustees: Dennis DiLorenzo, Noreen Lucey, Placido Dino Puccio, Robert C. Sullivan, Jr., Lindy Wolverton
Louis N. Wool, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools