Gowanda welcomes community to budget sessions

The Board of Education of the Gowanda Central School District, as part of its mission to engage the community, encourages the public to attend upcoming workshops and a community presentation as the 2019-2020 budget takes shape.

The district seeks to provide the community with information, answer questions and receive input throughout the proposed budget planning process. Regularly scheduled board budget workshops began in late January and continue through early April ahead of the budget vote in May. The workshops are open to the public and interested parties will have the opportunity to speak and/or ask questions.

“We are taking steps forward to get community input,” said BOE President Cynthia Sutherland at the Feb. 6 budget workshop, which was sparsely attended by the community. “All of our workshops and meetings are open to the public.”

Business Administrator Barb Smith has been presenting regular updates including projections, analysis and estimates. Topics of discussion include property taxes, state and BOCES aid as well as the fund balance.

“There are a lot of misconceptions about school funding and budgets,” said Business Administrator Barb Smith. “My goal is to educate the public on school finance so they have a better understanding of the larger picture, including state aid, mandates and major cost drivers that are often beyond a districts control.”

The 2019-2020 Budget Community Presentation, held March 13, 2019, included an overview of school finance, budgeting and major sources and uses of funds and was held in the Middle School Library. This session served as a mechanism for the community to learn more about the budget and provide input.

Budget workshops are planned Wednesday, March 20, 2019, and Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the MS Library. The workshops will be followed by BOE meetings at 7 p.m.

The annual budget hearing is scheduled for May 8 at 6 p.m. in the Middle School Cafeteria with the Budget Vote & Board Election is scheduled Tuesday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Middle School Lobby.

Questions or comments may also be emailed to budget@gcslearn.org. Please check the District website for updates and additional information as additional budget workshops may be scheduled.



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