School Board adopts budget
At its meeting Tuesday night, the Williamsville Board of Education adopted a $190.8 million 2018-19 budget. The budget is up $4.68 million from the current budget, a 2.51 percent increase. The proposed tax levy increase of 2.24 percent is under the state-mandated tax cap.
The budget maintains the current level of academic and extracurricular programming for students. It also adds one instructional coaching position; increases academic intervention services to address student need; strengthens administrative support at the elementary and high school levels; enhances services for students with special needs; and increases professional development opportunities for teachers.
The adopted New York State budget included an additional $333,479 in state aid to Williamsville CSD, which will be directed entirely for school safety and security measures. According to Superintendent Scott Martzloff, the district plans to conduct a security audit, hire a K-12 Behavioral Specialist, and make some physical security upgrades that may include some doors and windows.
The annual budget hearing is Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. in the district office boardroom. The budget will go to voters on May 15.
Read more about the discussion in the April 10 School Board Notes or watch the meeting video online by clicking on Video on Demand.
Pictured: At the April 10 meeting, the school board recognized two students who represented the Town of Amherst Youth & Recreation Department at the annual Albany Youth Leadership Forum Feb. 5-6. Special guest Kathy Mobarek-Miller, Projects Coordinator for the Town of Amherst Youth Board, introduced Vanshika Tomar, a senior at Williamsville South, and Sumitra Pandit, an eighth grader at Casey Middle School.