2022-23 Budget Remains within Tax Levy Cap, Maintains Class Size, Provides Summer Learning & Enrichment, Implements Elementary IB Program
Dear Harrison Community:
Despite many challenges, our students are thriving and having a wonderful school year. Our successful return to a more normalized school experience required the commitment and dedication of many, our extraordinary faculty and staff, our dedicated principals and administrators, our school board, and as always our community standing arm in arm embracing and supporting our students. In so many ways the District’s priorities remained unchanged: to ensure the health, safety, emotional well-being and academic growth of our students. Our students, your children, were resilient, generous and provided us with inspiration and pride.
The preparation of the 2022-23 School Budget sustains the District’s commitment to providing an enriching education to all students and adapting to their unique talents and needs. Children thrive when provided opportunity and support borne out by our ongoing and unprecedented student success. The budget maintains class sizes, expands the International Baccalaureate Program to all four elementary schools, supports the needs of special education and ENL students, and ongoing facility, security, health and safety upgrades. The District will continue our expansive summer programs that support learning gaps, provide enrichment, and build community and connection among students. Once again the 2022-23 budget remains within the tax levy cap and includes the following initiatives and programs:
Maintains class sizes (target 22 students K-12) and preserves programmatic choices amidst increasing enrollment & participation
Strengthens instructional continuity K-12
Sustains International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (DP) and Middle Years Programs (MYP)
Introduces International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP)
Continues funding IB and AP testing fees for all students at HHS
Continues expansive summer programs to address identified learning gaps, provide enrichment, and opportunities for community building/connection support learning gaps, provide enrichment, and a summer high school program to support credit recovery
Maintains rigorous Professional Development programs 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
Remains within allowable Tax Levy Cap
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 proposed 2022-23 Budget reflects a tax levy increase of 2.85%, within the New York State Tax Levy Cap and tax rate increase of 2.66%.
The School Budget Vote and School Board Trustee Election is Tuesday, May 17, 2021 from 7 AM to 9 PM at your neighborhood elementary school.
The Board appreciates its many partners: parents, community members, PTAs, District PT Council, and the Harrison Educational Foundation. We thank the Citizens Budget Advisory Committee for its valuable feedback during the budget development. We especially thank the Harrison community for consistently supporting high-quality education for the children in Harrison.
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
School Budget Vote and School Board Trustee Election
Tuesday, May 17, 2021
7 AM to 9PM at Your Neighborhood Elementary School
Tax Levy within Cap
Since New York State’s adoption of the mandated tax levy cap the Harrison Central School District tax levy has been at or below the cap. Once again, the proposed 2022-23 Budget reflects a levy increase within the allowable New York State Tax Levy Cap (2.85%), and tax rate increase of 2.66%.