Fabius-Pompey Central School District
Timothy P. Ryan, Superintendent of Schools
1211 Mill Street
Fabius, NY 13063
Phone - 315-683-5301
Fax - 315-683-5827
At the April 4 Board of Education Meeting, the School Board adopted a proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Driven primarily by health care cost, half of which can be attributed to The Federal Affordable Health Care Act, the 2017-2018 school budget represents an increase of 2.29% compared to the 2016-2017 school budget. With a moderate increase in State Education Aid and a careful use of reserves, the Board is able to propose a tax levy increase of 1.84%. This is following a decrease in the tax levy last year by 1.83%. By managing the budget in a manner to keep the levy at or below the tax cap, the Board ensures that community members will be eligible for Governor Cuomo’s Property Tax Relief Credit.
Board Members donate a great amount of time to ensure that students have the opportunities needed to succeed during their years at Fabius-Pompey as well as when they graduate. As School Board Members, they are sensitive to the changes in society and are constantly developing ways to embrace the positive changes and to protect the school community from negative changes. Along with the time required to participate in Board Meetings, Board Members attend events, functions and trainings as representatives of the school system. Board Members develop a large repertoire of skills including discussing the community’s needs with our elected government officials. Board Members also become extremely well versed in school finance and are knowledgeable contributors in conversations ranging from curriculum to school law. The demands of the position have created a situation across New York State where it is not unusual to have uncontested or even vacant School Board seats. It is a tribute to the Fabius-Pompey community that there are three candidates asking for your support to fill the two seats on the ballot this year.
A detailed newsletter has recently been mailed to you. It includes information on the budget, the bus referendum and biographical information on the three candidates running for the School Board seats. The final public hearing on the school budget is on May 2 followed by the budget vote and School Board vote on May 16.