Superintendent's Blog

Dear Resident of the South Orangetown Central School District,

We are incredibly fortunate in the South Orangetown Central School District, to be a place where our community supports the growth and development of our students. Our community understands that an investment in our young learners is an investment in our future. The upcoming school budget referendum on Tuesday, May 16 is an opportunity for the voters in our community to participate in the process of establishing a spending plan for the 2017-2018 school year. This process also reflects the choices that we must make when confronted with limited resources.

Our South Orangetown Central School District Board of Education has adopted a school budget with a 1.75% tax levy increase that stays within the legally prescribed “tax cap.” The tax levy will support a modest increase in school spending of 2.67% and reserves any unspent funds toward future tax stabilization and capital improvements, as needed.

The proposed 2017-2018 School Budget promotes our long-term vision for our community and its children. This vision is the result of feedback that we received from the recent community-wide survey. The survey provided us with valuable insight in the areas of student learning, stakeholder engagement, safety, and resource management. The feedback from our families, students, staff, and community at-large has been instrumental in formulating a long-range plan that effectively and efficiently allocates resources and guides our subsequent actions on behalf of all of our students.

Above all, the 2017 – 2018 School Budget maintains all academic, curricular, and co-curricular opportunities for our students. The quality of student learning will continue to improve given we, as a district, provide high-quality instructional events, focus on student perseverance, and enhance family engagement at every grade level. This budget was designed to accomplish all these things and more.

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Polling Locations:

  • Election District #1: Vote at South Orangetown Middle School – Blauvelt Residents
  • Election District #2: Vote at Tappan Zee High School – Orangeburg Residents
  • Election District #3: Vote at William O. Schaefer Elementary School – Tappan Residents
  • Election District #4: Vote at Tappan Zee Elementary School – Grandview, Sparkill, Palisades, and Piermont Residents

Please visit our Budget webpage for additional information regarding the 2017-18 proposed budget.

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