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Irvington Schools Begin 2013-14 Budget Discussions

The Irvington Board of Education will discuss its 2013-14 budget Tuesday.
The Irvington Board of Education will discuss its 2013-14 budget Tuesday. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – A discussion of several departments in the Irvington school district and their 2013-14 budgets is planned for Tuesday.

The Irvington Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the campus presentation room at Irvington High School to review budgets for the business office, debt service, insurance, athletics, transportation, buildings and grounds.

The school district faces a $1.7 million deficit for 2013-14, officials estimated at an earlier budget discussion. The biggest cost factors are pensions, which will rise by about $1.2 million, and health-care costs, which will rise by about 8 percent.

Irvington Superintendent Kristopher Harrison said the district would aim for a fiscally responsible budget, keeping in mind Irvington residents pay high property taxes. Harrison also said the district has an obligation to provide students with the best education possible and said another round of budget cuts would affect beloved programs.

He said that budget discussions are started “in the context of what our constraints may look like.”

Officials will have several budget discussions during the spring semester, with Harrison proposing his superintendent's budget March 5. The school board will adopt a budget April 23, and residents will vote on it May 21.

The following budget discussions are scheduled, all at 7:30 p.m. in the campus presentation room at Irvington High School:

  • Tuesday: Budget presentation on business office, debt service, insurance, athletics, transportation, buildings and grounds.
  • Jan. 22: Budget presentation on special education and pupil personnel services.
  • Feb. 5: Budget presentation on curriculum, instruction, textbooks and technology.
  • Feb. 12: Budget discussions and draft of school calendar.
  • March 5: Presentation of the superintendent's proposed budget.
  • March 19: Board of education work session for budget discussions.
  • April 23: Board adopts budget.
  • May 7: Board hosts budget hearing before their regular meeting.
  • May 21: School board elections and budget vote.

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