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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 2020-2021 begins in October and culminates with a public referendum held the third Tuesday in May.




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.


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.


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.


A budget hearing is held. This is a forum that once again provides residents with an 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.

Voter Information


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

This year, the vote for the proposed 2020-2021 school year budget and trustee election 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 GYMNASIUM (enter by pool/track).  Due to safety concerns, all other doors will be locked during the school day.

The budget will be discussed at the following work session/open meetings:

  • February 25, 2020 – 8:00 p.m. Administration Office (Intro to budget)
  • March 10, 2020  -  7:30 p.m. Administration Office
  • March 24, 2020 – 8:00 p.m. Administration Office
  • April 7, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. Administration Office – Adopt Budget
  • May 12, 2020 – 7:30 p.m. Administration Office – Public Hearing


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.

"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

Voter Eligibility & Registration

Deer Park residents are urged to vote in all school district elections. To cast your ballot in the May 19, 2020 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.

Registration dates for the May 19, 2020 Budget Vote will take place in the below listed buildings on the following dates :


  • Thursday, May 7 - John F. Kennedy School Lobby, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 11 - Administration Office, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 13, Administration Office, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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.

To download an Absentee Ballot application, please re-visit this page again in April 2020. 



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.

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