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Budget proposal includes 1.2 percent tax levy increase

On May 16, Port Byron Central School District residents will have the opportunity to vote on a school district budget that focuses on increasing academic achievement opportunities and supporting students, staff and community members.

The Port Byron Board of Education on April 13 adopted a proposed $21.3 million budget that increases spending $142,589 or 0.67 percent, compared to the 2016-17 school year. It carries a tax levy increase of 1.2 percent, or $72,601.

Programs and services maintained

“The proposal preserves existing programs and services and includes some new initiatives that can help students gain the 21st century skills they need to become college- and career-ready citizens,” Port Byron Superintendent Neil O’Brien said.

One of the proposal's line items includes putting a Chromebook -- a small laptop computer outfitted with Internet access and Google-based applications -- into the hands of all students in grades 9-12. Funding for the high school one-to-one initiative will not replace any existing programs and supports the district’s goals of incorporating more technology into the classroom, according to Mr. O’Brien.

"The Chromebook program will provide our high school students with equal learning opportunities in a world of unequal technology access," Mr. O’Brien said.

To support district educators as they continue to utilize technology in more student-centered and engaging ways, the proposal also calls for increasing the district’s contracted level of instructional technology support through the Central New York Regional Information Center. The existing technology integration specialist will serve the district more days per week collaborating with appropriate instructional and technical staff to support, managing and optimizing the use of instructional software to support quality teaching.

Proposal includes support for students and staff

The proposal also sustains the district’s school resource officer and adds to the staff roster two social workers (one for each building) who, as trained mental health professionals, can assist with students' behavioral concerns and identify needs that interfere with learning.

"Support staff can shape the lives of students and their families in many ways," Mr. O’Brien said. "Social workers help families living in turmoil and poverty get the support they need to help their children thrive in school."

District residents can vote on the proposed budget 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at Port Byron CSD’s Athletic Center lobby.


To learn more about the proposed budget, click here.