Wake up early Saturday morning, March 10, 2007, and get over to the Croton Harmon High School library at 8:00 AM. There you will find, by public invitation, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marjorie Castro and the Board of Education, who during a day-long workshop, will present the 2007-08 budget.
According to the workshop schedule, the meeting will begin at 8:00 AM with a financial overview and review. At 9:00 AM, discussions regarding the high school will continue until 9:45 AM, where a presentation of proposed athletic expenditures will continue until 10:15 AM. Budget review for Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School will take place until 11:00 AM, followed by a presentation for Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School until 11:45 AM. Review of the transportation budget immediately begins after at 11:45 AM, at 12:15 PM, buildings and grounds will be discussed, and then followed at 1:00 PM with BOCES and special education talks. The last topic on the agenda for the workshop meeting begins at 1:30 PM and includes public discussion on possible modifications to the budget proposal.
According to Dr. Castro, with the proposed budget in place, residents can expect an increase of 7.8% to the school district’s property taxes in Cortlandt and Yorktown. Contributing to the increase are nearly 6% in expenses, “carry-over” from last year and a cut of $460,000 in state operating funding—that begins July 1, 2007.