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2012-2013 School Budget Information


Two elected to Board of Education

Voters Tuesday re-elected incumbent  Jennifer Donovan and selected newcomer Matthew Ethier to three-year terms on the Board of Education. read more


Watervliet voters pass 2012-13 school budget proposal 

Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $23.1 million budget for the 2012-13 school year by a margin of 234 to 95. Read more 


2012-13 Budget at a Glance fact sheet available

For easy reference, the district has developed a one-page budget fact sheet outlining the three ballot measures voters will cast ballots on at Tuesday’s vote. Voters are being asked to vote on the proposed 2012-13 budget and a bus lease proposition. Voters will also select two members for the Board of Education. Download flyer


2012-13 Budget newsletter available

The Watervliet City School District’s 2012-13 budget newsletter is in the mail.
School districts are required by state law to mail information about their proposed budgets to all households within the district. The district also provides additional information about the budget in its annual newsletter. view the newsletter now


Local station airs 2012-13 school budget Q & A

WVLT Channel 17 is airing a video interview with Superintendent Dr. Lori S. Caplan concerning the district’s proposed 2012-13 budget. The public vote on the budget is set for Tuesday, May 15. read more and watch video


Two candidates unopposed for board of education

In addition to the annual budget vote, voters in the Watervliet City School District next week will be asked to vote for board of education candidates. read more


2012-13 budget public hearing set for Tuesday, May 8

The Watervliet City School District Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 budget Tuesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. in the administrative conference room at the high school. read more


Board of education adopts 2012-13 budget

The Watervliet City School District Board of Education Tuesday, April 17, adopted a $23.1 million budget proposal for 2012-13 that stays within the state’s new property tax levy cap. Reflecting a half percent spending increase from this year, the proposed budget includes savings negotiated this year in employee labor contracts, a 6 percent reduction in staff and other cuts. read more


2012-13 school budget development nearing completion

The Watervliet City School District Board of Education and administrators held a special meeting and budget forum on Wednesday, April 11 to deliberate several cost-savings measures as they work toward finalizing the 2012-13 school budget. read more


Change in transportation could save the district $76,000, and one teaching position

The Watervliet City School District Board of Education agreed Wednesday to a plan that will consolidate bus stops for students living within a half-mile radius of the elementary school. read more


District to seek voter approval to lease buses

In addition to the annual budget referendum and school board election on May 15, the Watervliet City School District Board of Education will ask residents to vote on the lease of three 66-passenger buses. read more


Administrators, support staff help district save nearly $100,000

Two Watervliet City School District unions have agreed to health insurance changes that will save the district nearly $100,000. read more


Two board of education seats up for election

Nominating petitions are currently available for Watervliet City School District residents who want to run for one of the two board of education seats up for election May 15. read more


Difficult decisions ahead in 2012-13 budget process

Despite the restoration of some school aid in New York’s recent state budget agreement, Watervliet City School District officials must still confront difficult choices in the coming weeks as they work to finalize the 2012-13 proposed school budget. read more


District awaits state aid numbers

The governor and leaders of the state Senate and Assembly Tuesday announced an agreement on the 2012-13 New York State budget. What that means for Watervliet remains to be seen. read more


Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the 2012-13 budget

The district recently held a series of public budget forums during which attendees were asked what questions they had regarding district finances and the development of the 2012-13 budget. Answers to those questions are now available. read questions and answers


District struggles with budget gap

As it waits for lawmakers to finalize the state budget, Watervliet City School District officials are preparing to make staffing and program cuts to fill a 2012-13 budget gap, currently projected at over $1.3 million. read more


10 fast facts about the tax levy cap

By now, you’ve no doubt heard about New York’s new tax levy cap legislation enacted in June 2011. It has often been referred to a “2 percent tax cap,” but this phrase is easily misunderstood. read more


Understanding the easily misunderstood Property Tax Levy Cap

With the 2012-13 school budget development process underway, Watervliet City School District officials want to make sure taxpayers are aware of a significant change in the budget development process: the state’s tax levy cap legislation enacted June 2011. read more


Watervliet teachers ratify new 5-year contract

By an overwhelming margin, the Watervliet Teachers’ Association ratified a new five-year contract last week agreeing to changes that will save the school district nearly $4 million over the length of the deal. read more


Watervliet superintendent featured on regional blog

Check out Dr. Caplan’s recent guest post on Education Speaks, a Capital Region BOCES blog devoted to thoughtful discussion of the issues shaping public education in New York’s Greater Capital Region and beyond. read more

Mayor shows support for schools

Watervliet Mayor Michael P. Manning recently sent a letter in support of the city schools to Albany County legislators. This follows Superintendent Dr. Lori Caplan’s sit down with Assemblyman Ron Canestrari last week during which she urged him and other local leaders to push for more equitable distribution of state aid and mandate relief for schools. The Watervliet school district is facing a $2.3 million budget gap as school officials begin developing the 2012-13 school budget. Read Mayor Manning’s letter


District to downsize administration; Interim high school principals to shift roles

Ryan Groat will take the position of Watervliet Junior-Senior High School interim principal effective Feb. 27. read more


Superintendent urges equitable distribution of state aid, mandate relief

Dr. Lori Caplan met with state Assemblyman Ron Canestrari Feb. 1 urging him to actively support school mandate relief and a more equitable distribution of state education aid across New York State. read more


Comparing property taxes

Interested in seeing how Watervliet school and other taxes compare to surrounding districts and municipalities? The SeeThroughNY website has a benchmarking tool that allows visitors to calculate and compare property taxes by location.


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Budget Statement and required Attachments

New York State requires all school districts make the following information available to the public. Hard copies of the documents are available at the district office, in the main office of each school building and at the Watervliet Public Library. Files can also be downloaded by clicking below.

2012-13 Budget Newsletter

2012-13 Budget Book


2012-13 Budget Document

2012-13 Administrative Compensation form

2012-13 Tax Exemption Report

2012-13 Property Tax Report Card

2010-11 School Report Card

School report Card Fiscal Accountability statement

Budget meetings

Dr. Lori Caplan hosted a series of meetings to discuss the district's 2012-13 budget proposal. All community members were welcome to attend.

2.28.12     View presentation

3.3.12      View presentation

3.14.12     View Presentation

5.8.12     View Presentation

The board of education adopted the budget at its April 17 meeting. view presentation

Voting information

Looking for information on absentee ballots, polling locations and voter registration? READ MORE

2011-12 Budget Information

Check out last year's budget newsletter and other information. read more

2010-11 Budget Information

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2009-2010 Budget Information


2008-2009 budget information