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Public presentation on school budget to be held Feb. 27 at regular board meeting

Posted 1/24/20

A public presentation on the Rome school district’s proposed 2020-21 budget will be at the Board of Education’s Feb. 27 meeting, district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said Thursday night. The …

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Public presentation on school budget to be held Feb. 27 at regular board meeting

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A public presentation on the Rome school district’s proposed 2020-21 budget will be at the Board of Education’s Feb. 27 meeting, district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said Thursday night.

The board met Thursday at a finance committee meeting of the whole for monthly committee topics, followed by a board professional development session to review general school budget and finance topics.

The professional development session by the school district’s finance department was not to address specific 2020-21 budget figures, said Blake.

Board President Stephen P. Hampe explained it covered for the board what is involved in “going through the budget process” in general, including the various considerations entailed.

The district’s current 2019-20 budget is $116.69 million, and is in effect through June 30. For the upcoming 2020-21 budget, the board will review the plan presented next month and is scheduled to adopt a proposed budget by April 21.

Approval from school district voters would be sought in a May 19 public election. The new budget would take effect July 1.

Among key revenue factors in the budget are state financial aid, expected to be finalized by April 1 when a 2020-21 state budget is scheduled to be approved, and the local property tax levy, which is still to be determined for
2020-21.

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