CORFU — The Pembroke Central School Board of Education Tuesday night adopted a proposed budget for 2020-21. Superintendent Matthew Calderon refused to release the total budget and tax levy amounts to The Daily News Wednesday or specify the main cost increases and/or decreases. He did say there would be no increase to the tax levy, based on current assessed values.
“We are currently working on our normal budget edition of the Dragon Tales publication to communicate directly to the Pembroke community about most of those details and we prefer to have that be the main form by which they receive the information,” he said Wednesday. “That will be mailed by the end of next week.”
Tuesday night’s meeting was viewable on Zoom video conferencing. During the meeting, the board was told the proposed budget is $23,679,522, a 0.71 percent spending increase, or $166,000, over this year’s budget.
The state aid amount the district had as of Tuesday was $13,577,100. The proposed tax levy is $8,316,353.
There were more than $1 million in cuts to get down to the $23.6 million budget figure, the board was told Tuesday night.
The budget vote and election is June 9 by absentee ballot only. The budget hearing will be conducted remotely at 6 p.m. Tuesday. It will be available to view on the district website BoardDocs link beginning next Wednesday.
The budget is Proposition 1. Proposition 2, according to a legal notice, is for the purchase of school buses at a maximum cost of $390,000, minus any trade-in allowances. The district did not say, in the legal ad, how many buses it proposes buying.
The board seat formerly held by Thomas Schneider is up for election for a one-year term. This is to fill the remainder of Schneider’s five-year term, which ends June 30, 2021. The board seat currently held by Heather Wood up for election for a five-year term to start July 1 and end June 30, 2025.
There are three seats on the Corfu Public Library, currently held by Kristie Miller, Julie Hengenius and Tony Kutter, are up for election for three-year terms. starting July 1 and ending June 30, 2023.
The district will mail absentee ballots to registered voters in each household on June 1. Ballots must be received by 5 p.m. June 9 in order to be counted. If a member of a household is a qualified voter, but not a registered voter, contact District Clerk Sandra Lang for additional absentee ballots at (585) 599-4525 ext. 1950 or email email@example.com.