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2013-2014 School Budget Information

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


Community invited to Budget Breakfast Workshop Saturday, April 13

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


What is the GEA?

Learn about the Gap Elimination Adjustment and its impact on our schools. More information Watch a short video that explains the GEA in easy-to-understand terms.


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

A region-wide 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. Read more
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.


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Budget meetings

Dr. Lori Caplan will host a series of meetings to discuss the district's 2013-14 budget proposal. Community members are welcome to attend (dates listed below).

12.11.12     View presentation


04.09.13     presentation

04.13.13     presentation

05.14.13     Budget Hearing

05.21.13     Budget Vote

Board of Education Election information

Voting information

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

2012-13 Budget Summary

Budget: $23,136,179

Spending Increase:
0.5% or $115,179

Tax Levy Increase:
2.69% or $159,762

2012-13 budget newsletter and other information. read more

Budget Statement and required Attachments

New York State requires that 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.

2013-14 Budget Newsletter

2013-14 Budget Book


2013-14 Budget Document

2013-14 Administrative Compensation form

2013-14 Tax Exemption Report

2013-14 Property Tax Report Card

2011-12 School Report Card

School report Card Fiscal Accountability statement

Advocacy toolkit

Looking for information about how best to advocate four your schools? download the advocacy toolkit

School Budget Archives

2011-12 Budget Information

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2010-11 Budget Information

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2009-2010 Budget Information


2008-2009 budget information