Herkimer residents to vote May 16 on $24.4 million spending plan

Proposed tax levy below district’s tax cap On Tuesday, May 16, Herkimer residents will vote on a $24,414,000 budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year. The budget calls for a 5.9 percent increase in spending compared with 2016-17 and carries a tax levy increase of 1.72 percent. Polls will be open to voters from 1 …

Capital reserve fund to be on May 16 ballot

A proposition to create a capital reserve fund for Herkimer Central School District will be on the ballot as part of the district’s May 16 school budget vote and Board of Education elections. The voter-controlled capital reserve fund would allow the district to set aside any surplus funds up to $3.5 million, for up to …

School board accepts fire inspection certificates

At its March 21 meeting, the Herkimer Central School Board of Education accepted the annual fire inspection certificates for district facilities for the 2017-18 school year. The board issued the following statement: “Notice is hereby given that the annual inspection for the 2017-18 school year of the bus maintenance facility, Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School, Herkimer …

With draft budget, district seeks to restore, expand programs

Workshop set for March 8 Restoring full-day pre-kindergarten and other programs that were cut in recent years, and expanding STEM opportunities for students, are among Superintendent Robert Miller’s priorities looking ahead to next year. Miller presented his draft 2017-18 budget proposal and five-year financial plan to the board of education at its Feb. 15 meeting. …

School board petitions available March 1

Nominating petitions for school board candidates will be available at the Herkimer Central School district office beginning March 1. There are two vacancies to be filled on the seven-member board. Kenneth Brinck and Diann Fischer are not running for re-election on the board. Both positions are for three-year terms, to serve from July 1, 2017, …

District’s ‘fiscal stress’ score improves

A Jan. 25, 2017, report from the New York State Comptroller’s Office identifying Herkimer as being “susceptible to fiscal stress” highlights the need for continued financial support for the district, Superintendent Robert Miller said. Read more: Fiscal Stress Monitoring System Results for School Districts: Four-Year Review Herkimer’s status has improved dramatically over the previous year, when …

Student artists honored at Board of Education meeting

Student artists were recognized during the Herkimer Central School Board of Education’s meeting on Jan. 18. The board displays student artwork during its meetings throughout the year. During the Jan. 18 meeting, art teachers Heather Wheeler Stapf and Heather McCutcheon handed out certificates of recognition for more than 60 students whose artwork had been selected …