By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — The RCS school district is beginning the annual budgeting process for the 2024-25 school year.
School Business Administrator Jesse Boehme outlined the draft budget development calendar at the board of education’s November meeting, which will be finalized at the December meeting.
In November, district administrators kicked off the process by meeting with building administrators to review the budget draft calendar and guidelines, and building principals met with curriculum specialists to review their budget requests.
The budget development process will continue over the next several months before coming up with a budget that will be voted on by the public on May 21.
“This is the process we go through every year for developing our budget,” Boehme told the board of education at the November meeting. “Right now, we are working with the district administrators to put together guidelines and what we want to see in this upcoming budget. Then the district leaders will meet with building leaders to discuss their budget priorities for next year.”
One change Boehme would like to implement this year is going into greater depth on the budget with the board of education’s Finance Committee before bringing the numbers to the full board.
“This year I would like to meet with the Finance Committee before we do budget presentations, so I would meet with the Finance Committee and go a little bit more in-depth about discussions and a little more detail than I would here [before the board] and get their input into what the board should be seeing,” Boehme said.
Throughout December and January, the district’s leadership team will meet with building administrators to review their budget requests before the Finance Committee meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 30.
The first budget presentation to the board of ed is tentatively set for Feb. 7, with subsequent presentations on Feb. 28 and March 6. All dates are still tentative in the draft calendar and are subject to change.
“The last presentation will be on April 10, when we will be asking the board to adopt the budget,” Boehme said.
The budget newsletter is expected to be mailed to every household in the district on May 3, breaking down the proposed RCS school budget.
“Then on May 8, there will be the budget hearing, a presentation that will put everything together and the public can come and ask about the budget,” Boehme said.
The annual Meet the Candidates Night will also be held May 8, to give voters the chance to hear from candidates who will be on the ballot for the RCS Board of Education.
The budget vote and election will be held May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the RCS High School gym.