Budget Revote - July 28, 2020

  • Budget Vote Results

    Thank you to the Cheektowaga Central School District community for its support. The budget passed; 610, yes: 234, no.

    On July 3, 2020 Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.47, which establishes July 28, 2020 as the date when school districts may hold a revote referendum on budgets defeated on June 16, 2020. The district is allowed to conduct the revote referendum in-person. Social distancing protocols will be in place including six-foot distancing guidelines and the requirement to wear a mask.

    Polls will be open July 28, 2020
    Noon – 9 p.m.
    Raymond L. Carr Board Room

    Proposition 1
    The Cheektowaga Central School District budget of $47,272,614 for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Message from the Superintendent

    Prior to presenting our original budget in June, we had aggressively trimmed $2 million in spending to present the most effective staffing and programming available to our students.

    On June 16, 2020, the Cheektowaga Central 2020-2021 school district budget was defeated by 49 votes. Under state law, school districts have the option to either offer a revote once to its community or operate under a contingent budget. The BOE approved the revote during a meeting July 6.

    In the June budget and in the budget to be presented for revote on July 28, we eliminated the following to provide a responsible budget that the community could support while providing the least impact on programming:

    • Instructional, support staff and administrative positions
    • All professional development conferences
    • 75% of supplies and materials
    • UPK and afterschool busing
    • BOCES services
    • General education summer school

    Without the community support of the proposed budget on July 28, a contingency budget will be required that results in the potential elimination of: 

    • High school electives including AP, College level courses, art, music and technology  
    • Mental Health supports (Counselors, Social Workers and Psychologists)
    • Small class size 
    • District Universal Pre-Kindergarten 
    • Full day Kindergarten
    • School Resource officers
    • Interscholastic Athletics 
    • Extracurricular activities (musicals, clubs, intramural sports)
    • Field trips as well as related transportation 
    • The capital outlay construction funds to repair and replace obsolete HVAC equipment in the MS/HS, specifically the cafeterias
    • Outside use of facilities by the community

    If the budget is defeated, under the contingency budget guidelines, $630,000 in spending will be reduced through the elimination of items from the list above, as determined by the Board of Education. 

    We present this budget to our community with confidence that it contains the elements to meet our mission of inspiring a high level of learning for all students. Now more than ever, our district needs the support of the community so we are able to continue providing quality education to all students.

     Message from the Board of Education President

    Budget Public Hearing - July 14, 2020
    (Audio starts at 4:50)

    Voter Eligibility 

    An eligible voter must be:

    1. eighteen (18) years of age,
    2. a citizen of the United States,
    3. a resident (not necessarily a homeowner) of the district for at least thirty (30)days preceding the election

    To Apply for an Absentee Ballot

    Please call 716-686-3606 or download the  absentee ballot application or the military absentee ballot application. Voters requesting a ballot via mail must submit their application no later than July 21, 2020 and voters requesting a ballot via personal delivery must submit their application no later than July 27, 2020.

    Executive Order 202.47 provides that, “due to the prevalence and community spread of COVID-19, the potential for contraction of the COVID-19 virus shall be deemed a temporary illness for the purpose of eligibility to vote as an absentee voter in a school budget revote.

    Due to the current health crisis, please note that the District Office hours are limited to 8 am to 4 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

    Budget Resources

    2020-2021 Budget Revote Newsletter, July

    2020-2021 Budget Statement

    Preliminary Budget presentation for the 2020-21 school year made to the Board of Education at the meeting of March 3, 2020.

    Results of June 16, 2020 School Election

    Elected to the Board of Education:
    Renee M. Wilson, term expires June 30, 2025
    Derrick C. Warburton, term expires June 30, 2025
    Kevin Leary, term expires June 30, 2024