Due to the Executive Order enacted by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, the School Board Elections and School Budget Vote have been postponed. There is currently no date set.
The Governor’s Executive Order 202.13, which was issued on March 30, 2020, states: “Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.”
The same executive order goes on to say: “Circulation, filing, and collection of any designating petitions, or independent nominating petitions for any office that would otherwise be circulated or filed pursuant to the Election Law, Education Law or any other consolidated law for any office commencing March 31, 2020 are hereby postponed.” We are awaiting further guidance for those candidates who have postponed petition circulation and signature collection.
It remains unclear if there will be sufficient time to hold a revote before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year. Our district leaders and committees have developed a needs-based, fiscally responsible budget under the anticipated tax levy increase of 14%, but certainly over the calculated tax levy limit of -2.02%. This means the 2020-2021 school district operating budget and 9% tax levy increase will only pass with a super majority.