2021-2022 School Year Budget Finalized

Aidan Cocuelle, Senior, Staff Reporter

The Pelham Board of Education met and adopted its proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year on April 21. The proposed budget covers a 2.47% tax cap levy increase, and a 4.67% increase in spending from the previous budget, and appropriations totaling $80,280,000. Included in the 4.67% budget-to-budget increase is a $2.5 million increase in dues to debt service for the financing of projects laid down in the 2018 Capital Improvement Bond. There will also be an expansion of summer programs for those “needing additional academic support,” specifically a $20,975 budget-to-budget increase for Extra Summer Help. 

The proposal continues to pursue the three main goals the Board set out to fulfill in the five-year Strategic Plan it adopted in 2019: Cultural Competence, Authentic Learning, and the Whole Child. The Pelham community is scheduled to vote on the proposal at the annual School District Budget Vote and Board of Education Member election on May 18, 2021. Voting will take place in the Middle School Gym with polls open from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm.