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The Budget Development Process 2020-2021

Click here to see if you are registered for the Annual School District Election and Budget Vote
that will be held on May 19, 2020 in the HS Gymnasium.

 

View the 2020-2021 Budget Planning Calendar

 

The Deer Park School District budget development process for the next school year 2019-2020 begins in October and culminates with a public referendum held the third Tuesday in May.

October:
The budget development process begins when the department supervisors and building principals receive their budget packets. Each principal and supervisor is responsible for determining his/her respective school or departments’ needs.

December:
Central office administrators (the Superintendent, Asst. Superintendents, etc.) meet with principals to discuss their budget requests. Additionally, all new staffing needs and programmatic needs in relation to the curriculum are also discussed.

February-April:
Proposed budgets for every area are analyzed line by line by the Board of Education. Draft budgets are developed. Discussions take place at public meetings and public budget workshops. These meetings are advertised and the public is invited to participate and ask questions (see schedule of budget workshops below). After thorough discussion, the proposed budget is adopted by the Board of Education in April. Additional public meetings are held and all budget questions raised by the public are answered.

 

May:
Opportunity to ask questions regarding the proposed budget. This is typically the last public meeting held specifically for the purpose of educating the community on the proposed budget. A line-by-line printout of the proposed budget is available at the hearing, as well as an informative newsletter for residents to use as a guide for learning about the budget. This newsletter is also mailed to every Deer Park School District resident. Also, as per State law, no later than 6 days prior to the election, a postcard is mailed after the public hearing providing only budget and tax impact information, in addition to basic voting information.

The proposed budget printout is available for viewing at the Deer Park Public library, on-line via the district website, at each of the main offices of the school district and can be obtained by contacting the Deer Park Schools District Clerk, located at 1881 Deer Park Road (next to JFK Intermediate School) or call (631) 274-4013.

A budget for the next school year is not official until approved by the community in a public vote. If the community does not pass the budget in May, the Board of Education and District can conduct a second vote (re-vote) the third Tuesday in June. The District is not obligated to conduct a second vote. If a second vote is held, the District has the option to put forth the same budget or can opt to reduce the proposed budget. Should the district opt not to hold a re-vote, or if a budget is defeated in a re-vote scenario, the district must operate on a contingency (austerity) budget.

This year, the vote for the proposed 2020-2021 school year budget will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Deer Park High School. 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the HIGH SCHOOL GYM.

 

 

Election & Term Information

The Board of Education has seven members, each elected for a term of three years. Candidates for the Board must be qualified voters of the School District and are nominated by petition. Such petitions shall be directed to the clerk of the School District and include the greater of at least two percent of the number of voters who voted in the previous annual election, or 25 people.

Board Member Qualifications
To qualify for membership on a school board, an individual:

    must be able to read and write
    must be a "qualified voter" of the district
    must be and have been a resident of the district for a least one year prior to the election.
    may not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding one year
    may not reside with a member of the family who is also a member of the same school board
    may not be a current employee of the school board
    may not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office


Nominating Petitions
Available on/after February 25, 2019 in the District Clerk’s Office, 1881 Deer Park Avenue.

Nominating positions must be signed by at least 25 qualified voters, or 2 percent of the number of voters who voted in the previous annual election of the members of the Board of Education, whichever is greater. This year, a minimum of 25 signatures are needed.

Nominating petitions for specific seats on the school board must include the candidate’s name and residence, the residences of the people who sign the petition, the vacancy to be filled, including the name of the incumbent, and the length of the term of office to be filled.

Candidates may be nominated for only one vacancy. Nominating petitions must be filed for specific seats on the board. Petitions must be delivered to the District Clerk no later than 5:00 PM on April 22, 2019. The first campaign contributions affidavit is also due at this time. Contribution statements are due April 22, 2019, May 16, 2019 and June 10, 2019.

Voter Qualifications
A "qualified voter" is a person who is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a resident of the school district for at least 30 days prior to the election at which he/she offers to vote, and who is not otherwise prohibited from voting under the provisions of Section 5-106 of the Election Law.

PLACE AND TIME:
Budget/Trustee Vote will be held on May 191, 2020 from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
in the Deer Park High School GYM (by pool/track entrance)
1 Falcon Place, Deer Park, NY  11729
Parking for budget vote will be off No. 1st Street by the pool/track entrance.
You cannot enter the building from any other doors during the hours of 7:00am – 6:00pm



Voter Information

New York State's Property Tax Cap: Citizen's Guide
As you know, effective for the 2012-2013 school year, New York State enacted its first-ever cap on the annual growth in local government and school district tax levies. While the tax cap is essentially a simple concept, based on a successful tax limitation in neighboring Massachusetts, the first stages of the implementation process in many communities has inevitably raised many questions about how the law is supposed to work.

"New York State's Property Tax Cap: Citizen's Guide" is designed to answer those questions in a short, easy-to-understand format. The booklet includes a summary description of the cap, answers to frequently asked questions and the full text of the tax cap law itself.  You can refer to
www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/propertytax/taxcap


Voter Eligibility & Registration
Registration dates for the May 21, 2019 Budget Vote will take place in the below listed buildings on the following dates :

    Thursday, May 9, John F. Kennedy School (on Lake Ave) 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm    
    Monday, May 13, Administration Office (off Lake Ave) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Wednesday, May 15, Administration Office (off Lake Ave) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Please note the last day to register with the school district for the May 19, 2020 election is May 15, 2019.

Deer Park residents are urged to vote in all school district elections. To cast your ballot in the May 21, 2019 Budget Vote and Board Trustee Election you must be:

    a citizen of the United States,
    eighteen (18) years of age or older (eligible students are encouraged to vote)
    a resident of the Deer Park School District for 30 days prior to the vote
    registered to vote with the Suffolk County Board of Elections, or registered with the school district.

Registration is required if you have not voted within four years in a general election or school election. For more information, please contact the District Clerk at (631) 274-4013.

The 2019-2020 Proposed Budget, which will be presented to the voters at the annual election on May 21, 2019, will be adopted by the Board of Education on  April 9, 2019.

Absentee Ballot Application
An application for an absentee ballot must be received by the district clerk at least seven days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot it to be issued to the voter in person.

    Absentee Ballot Application - English
    Absentee Ballot Application - Spanish

Absentee Ballot Deadline
No absentee voter's ballot will be counted unless it is received in the office of the District Clerk, 1881 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, by 5:00 PM on the day of the election.

PLACE AND TIME:
Budget/Trustee Vote will be held on May 19, 2020 from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM in the Deer Park High School GYMNASIUM (by pool/track entrance) 1 Falcon Place, Deer Park, NY  11729

Parking for budget vote will be off No. 1st Street by the pool/track entrance. You cannot enter the building from any other doors during the hours of 7:00am – 6:00pm




Deer Park School District