Voters approve 2017-18 budget, capital reserve fund

Herkimer Central School District voters on Tuesday approved a $24,414,000 budget for the 2017-18 school year (260-100) and elected Diann Fischer and Scott Petucci to the board of education. A proposition to create a capital reserve fund was also approved, 273-88.

Fischer and Scott Petucci were each elected to three-year terms expiring June 30, 2020.

The Frank J. Basloe Library Budget was also approved, 261-97. Kathleen Coye was elected unopposed to a five-year term as library trustee.

The spending plan approved by voters carries a 5.9 increase in spending, within the district’s tax levy limit of 1.74 percent. The proposed fiscal plan maintains existing programs and services for students, and would add a variety of programs, including full-day prekindergarten, after-school swim instruction for elementary students, and a Coding and Computer Science program at the high school.

Restored by the budget are two previously cut staff positions: one Academic Intervention Specialist teacher and one school counselor/social worker.

The budget would also replace six part-time cleaners with three full-time cleaners, and add a full-time custodian or maintenance mechanic to the district.

The spending plan includes $100,000 to replace the filtration system and conduct additional renovations at the high school pool. After state aid, the district’s total local cost is expected to be about $9,000.

“We are grateful for the support of our community as we work to give increased opportunities to all our students,” Superintendent Robert Miller.

Additional information about the budget is available on the district’s Budget & Taxes page.