A draft budget for the 2020-21 school year was discussed at the March 24, 2020 meeting of the DCS Board of Education. As of this meeting’s discussion, the draft $17,685,000, budget would include an increase of $320,000, or 1.84%, over the current year’s budget. The tax levy would increase by 1.90%.
The draft budget would cover increase costs for contractual salaries, technology and BOCES needs, and transportation. The draft budget considers savings due to retirements and does not reflect any significant increases in benefits costs. The district is also considering a proposition to purchase three school buses.
It is important to note that this is a draft of the budget as it was discussed on March 24, 2020, before the state budget was finalized, and state aid is estimated. The Board also discussed the draft budget at their March 10 and February 11 meetings; the March 24 draft budget presentation linked below reflects updates and the evolving discussion from those meetings.
The next draft budget discussion will take place at the April 7, 2020 Board of Education meeting.