School Budget 2020–21
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed that school budget votes and elections be held by absentee ballot only.
The vote will be June 9, 2020. All Geneva City School District registered voters should receive a ballot in the mail by June 1, which may be mailed back to the district or left in the black drop box outside District Office at North Street School. They must be received by 5 p.m. on June 9, at which point they will be opened and counted by poll workers.
A Message from Superintendent Newton
The proposed budget before you represents our best guess at what a budget could be for next year. I realize you are accustomed to more definitive statements from us regarding our financial plans and projections, but the unprecedented pandemic our nation is facing has led us into some truly unexpected times.
I can tell you for certain that our total budget will not be greater than what you see before you—if anything, it will be less. The budget that you are voting on, that the board has accepted, may in fact decrease if our state aid drops.
We are proposing a 1.96 percent increase to the tax levy. This is within our 2 percent tax levy cap—anything else in this uncertain economy would be tone deaf. If approved, we will do what we can to continue offering the children of Geneva the opportunities they need for a 21st century education.
This will be the last budget Geneva will vote on with me at the helm of the school district, and I’d like to thank all of you for your support of our budgets during my tenure here. I hope that support will continue under the new administration.
There are difficult days ahead, but academically, we are in a strong position. Our students are performing better, our teachers are working more effectively, and our community partnerships are more numerous than ever.
I was given an amazing opportunity when I walked into this district, and I thank the school board that hired me for that—they believed I could move Geneva forward, and I have done my best to ensure their confidence was well placed. My husband, Scott, and I were embraced by Genevans, we’ve enjoyed a wonderful 8 and a half years in the district. I hope that you will show the same level of acceptance and warmth to my successor and his or her family. They will be faced with challenges, many of them difficult to predict, and they will need the strength and courage of Geneva with them as they do it.