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TUFSD Approves Budget for 2021-22 School Year; Public Vote to be Held on May 18

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:

Jackie Burton

jburton@tufsd.org

TUFSD Approves Budget for 2021-22 School Year; 

Public Vote to be Held on May 18 

TARRYTOWN, NY,  April 20, 2021 -- The Board of Education of the Tarrytowns Union Free School District has approved the budget that will be presented to voters for the 2021-22 school year. The $83,837,109 budget is in compliance with the tax cap with a proposed tax levy increase of 1.93%  Voters will also see two transportation propositions on the ballot, one for the purchase of school buses and vehicles for use by the district and the other for to provide transportation to students in grades 3, 4 and 5 who reside more than .3 mile to/from school. Additionally, there are three open seats on the Board of Education. A sample ballot can be viewed at www.tufsd.org/Page/5070.

Superintendent Christopher Borsari described the budget process as exceptionally challenging this year given the unanticipated costs and uncertainties created by COVID-19.

“Our administrative team and Board of Education have been working very hard to create a budget that maintains the high quality of our education, prioritizes the physical and social emotional well-being of our students and faculty, and stays within the tax cap,” said Mr. Borsari. “We appreciate the input from our community and their advocacy for additional state and federal funding.”

The district is receiving $2,562,235 in aid through the federal government’s Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), passed in December 2020, as well as $2,986,078 from the American Recovery Plan passed in March 2021. ARP specifies that 20 percent of these funds be used to address identified student needs as a result of the pandemic. Remaining funds can be used for a wide range of costs specifically related to the pandemic.

“The federal aid will go a long way to offsetting the district’s COVID-related expenses and ensuring that we are meeting the needs of our students,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Joy Myke. “What’s important for voters to understand, however, is that the federal funds are a one-time infusion and will not sustain additional staff or programs on a long-term basis.”

Voting will take place in person on May 18, 2021, from 7:00am - 9:00pm. Eligible voters who reside in Tarrytown will vote at Washington Irving School located at 103 S. Broadway in Tarrytown. Eligible voters who reside in Sleepy Hollow will vote at W.L.Morse School located at Pocantico St. in Sleepy Hollow. Anyone with general concerns related to COVID-19 can complete an application for an absentee ballot from the district clerk by emailing nvalentin@tufsd.org. Note that absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk by May 18, 2021 by 5:00 PM

Additional information about the budget, including important dates and a detailed Questions & Answer document, can be found at www.tufsd.org

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