Voters approve 2013-14 school budget
Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $23.5 million budget for the 2013-14 school year by a margin of 166 yes to 114 no votes. Read more
Frequently asked questions about the 2013-14 school budget
On Tuesday, May 21, residents of the Watervliet City School District will vote on a proposed $23,502,000 budget for the 2013-14 school year and elect one candidate to an open seat on the Board of Education. View the budget newsletter | answers to frequently asked budget questions
Board of Education adopts $23.5 million budget for the 2013-14 school year
The Watervliet City School District Board of Education unanimously adopted a $23,502,000 budget for the 2013-14 school year during its meeting on Tuesday, April 23. District residents will vote on the plan May 21, and elect one candidate to an open seat on the Board of Education. Read more
Despite increase in state aid, WCSD officials grapple with lingering budget gap
Despite the passage of an on-time state budget that increases state aid to New York’s public schools by $1 billion, Watervliet district leaders and the Board of Education continue to wrestle with critical decisions still necessary to close a $1.9 million budget gap for the 2013-14 school year. read more
The Watervliet Board of Education invites community members, parents, staff and students to a budget breakfast and workshop this Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. in the WJSHS cafeteria. Enjoy light breakfast fare, prepared by the high school gourmet foods class, as district leaders provide an update on the district’s 2013-14 budget development process. The workshop offers an opportunity for the community to discuss the budget in an informal setting, ask questions and share ideas.
Year 2 of NY's tax "cap" law
As school districts head into the second year of the tax levy limit, some lingering questions remain about New York’s “2 percent property tax cap” and how it works. A new video by the Capital Region BOCES Communications Service aims to break down the complexities of the law and explain it in terms that everyone can understand. More information
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You can make a difference: Advocate for Watervliet schools
Learn about the challenges school leaders face as they develop the budget for the 2013-14 school year and how you can play an important role in advocating for change. Read more
A Call to Action: Learn to advocate for Watervliet schools
Our schools are facing a fiscal crisis. WCSD needs your help to advocate for change. Learn how to make your voice heard. Attend the regional advocacy workshop at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 at Niskayuna High School. More information │watch Live stream beginning at 6:30 p.m. or follow live on Education Speaks twitter feed
Join us Monday night for “A Call to Action,” learn how to advocate for your schools
With the Capital Region still buzzing from last week’s unprecedented regional rally to avert the fiscal crisis facing public schools, Watervliet City School District officials are asking you to participate in a workshop on Monday, Feb. 11 in Niskayuna to learn more about what you can do to advocate for change. Read more
District stakeholders rally in support of fair and equitable education funding
Watervliet City School District was represented by more than 40 stakeholders at the education advocacy forum called “Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril – Running Out of Time & Options” at Columbia High School in East Greenbush on Thursday, Jan. 31. Read more
Budget Workshop planned for Wednesday, Feb. 6
School Business Manager Keith Heid will explain the "rollover budget" and review a first round of potential budget cuts during the school district's first Budget Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. in the WJSHS conference room.
Watervliet stakeholders take part in regional forum in support of public education
education forum will be held at Columbia High School on Thursday,
Jan. 31. The event, called “Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril
– Running Out of Time & Options,” will include representatives
from 47 districts (including Watervliet), as well as state and
federal elected officials.
update: Streaming video of tonight's forum will be available More information
Watervliet school officials weigh state aid information
Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed 2013-14 state budget, Watervliet City School District would receive $10.9 million in basic state Foundation Aid. Reimbursements in other categorical aid—including transportation, Universal Prekindergarten, building, BOCES, computer hardware, software and textbook—bring the district’s proposed state aid allotment to $15.9 million for the 2013-14 school year. Read more
Budget presentation outlines fiscal challenges
During the Board of Education meeting on Dec. 11, School Business Manager Keith Heid presented a preliminary look at the fiscal challenges the Watervliet City School District faces in developing the 2013-14 school budget. View presentation
Other budget resources
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.