Dear Holland Patent Central School District Residents,
The 2018-19 Holland Parent Central School District proposed budget presented to our community represents months of thoughtful and careful planning by the Board of Education and administration. This budget serves as a fi scally responsible spending plan that not only continues to provide the wide-range of learning opportunities and experiences for our students that our community is so very proud of, but also supports the many other components that make our District great. We believe this budget will support our dedicated and compassionate staff in providing engaging learning experiences for our students in a comfortable, safe and encouraging environment, while allowing them to reach their fullest potential and grow as caring, confi dent and compassionate individuals.
On March 21, 2018, the Holland Patent Board of Education approved the 2018-19 proposed spending plan of $34,508,432. This amount represents an increase of 2.28% over last year’s budget. In order to keep the spending at this level, all areas of the budget were diligently examined to protect our overall program and keep the best interests of our students as the top priority.
The proposed budget continues to support the great things happening at all grade levels of our district, as illustrated below.
- Holland Patent will continue to be one of the area’s top high schools in terms of the amount of dual-credit college courses that are off ered. We collaborate with Syracuse University and Mohawk Valley Community College to provide concurrent enrollment off erings in math, English, social studies, business, technology and art.
- The high school also continues to provide numerous career exploration opportunities, including Career and Technical Education programs at the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, SABA job shadowing and the Regional Program for Excellence.
- The District’s Strategies That Engage All Minds (STEAM) initiative will continue at the Middle School. STEAM is designed to deliver collaborative learning opportunities involving science, technology, social studies, English and math.
- Classroom activities encourage development of 21st century skills and build connections to real world issues. The STEAM initiative includes fl exibility of scheduling to allow for more meaningful classroom experiences. The benefi ts of STEAM include understanding connections between subjects, relating course content to the outside world, growth toward college and career readiness, improved leadership skills and character development.
- The 2018-19 proposed budget will support the new writing and reading initiatives that are underway at the elementary schools. We are quickly becoming a leader in our area by implementing new, student-centered reading and writing approaches as well as instructional programs that are structured around our students’ individual learning needs. Through the use of a workshop model, we are able to provide individual learning experiences for our students that allow them to work at their instructional levels while also being challenged to grow.
- The proposed budget supports early intervention at our primary levels, which allows our youngest students to receive additional academic support to strengthen their foundational skills as soon as they begin their education.
- This 2018-19 budget also allows the District to enhance our safety, security and health measures by providing a safe and well maintained transportation fl eet, well-kept buildings and grounds and healthy and nutritious meals for our students.
- Our district recognizes that extracurricular activities are a great source of pride in our community, and the proposed budget continues the tradition of athletics, clubs and other activities that enrich our students’ learning experience.
As you know, the Holland Patent Central School District relies heavily on state aid. In addition to our state aid, we are asking the community to consider a 3.13% increase in the tax levy, which is our allowable tax levy limit and meets the District’s requirements for homeowners to qualify for the New York state tax relief rebate check. All additional revenues come in the form of operating grants, shared services, collaboration with BOCES and other miscellaneous sources.
In addition to voting on this year’s budget, we are also asking you to consider several items:
- Purchase New School Buses
- To Authorize a Student Member on the School Board as an ex officio, non-voting member
- Board of Education Election (1 Seat available)
I want to thank everyone in advance for your consideration of the proposed 2018-19 school budget. We are very fortunate to have such a committed community that supports our District. We greatly value your continued dedication to the Holland Patent Central School District.
Superintendent of Schools