2017-18 Budget


The Board of Education has certified the following results of the 2017-18 School Budget Vote/Board of Education Election on May 16, 2017:

Proposition 1 - Budget  (Click here to view the 2017-18 budget.)

  • Yes: 793
  • No: 266

Proposition 2 - Purchase of Buses

  • Yes: 818
  • No: 238

Proposition 3 - Increase Capital Reserve Fund Limit

  • Yes: 793
  • No: 264

Board of Education Election - Vote for Three:

  • Warren Conklin: 862
  • Pam Strollo: 819
  • Brian Lynch: 829
  • (The three candidates were incumbents.)


We thank everyone who voted.


Public Hearing:

Thursday, May 4, 6pm, High School Multi-Media Center


Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 7am - 9pm, Big Flats/Ridge Road/High School*


Proposition #1 - Proposed Budget

  • $74,993,599
  • Includes reductions of $1.2 million
  • Maintains all current educational programs
  • Utilizes $2.5 million from Fund Balance and $385,249 from cash reserves
  • Spending Increase: 1.70% (below the district's ten-year average)
  • Tax Levy Increase: 2.19% (this percentage is the result of the state's 2% tax cap calculation as authorized by our Governor


Proposition #2 - Purchase of Buses

  • Purchase of seven 65-passenger buses and two four-wheel drive vehicles for student transportation
  • Financed through five-year serial bond
  • State to reimburse significant portion of cost with state aid in the five years following the purchase
  • Purchase amount not to exceed $1.1 million
  • Replaces vehicles that are ten years or older in accordance with state recommendations


Proposition #3 - Increase Capital Reserve Fund Limit

  • Increases maximum amount to be placed in fund from $10 million to $15 million
  • Does not put any monies into the fund; just increases the limit for this capital savings reserve
  • Funds can only be used for construction, repairs, reconstruction of facilities, and equipment with voter approval
  • Current fund limit is $10 million
  • This reserve fund helps lower the local share for any future capital project needs of the district


Board of Education Election

  • Three three-year seats up for election
  • Current incumbents are running unopposed
  • Order candidates will appear on ballot:
    • Warren Conklin
    • Brian Lynch
    • Pamela Strollo
  • Terms begin July 1, 2017

*Unsure of your voting location?

Email hcsdinfo@horseheadsdistrict.com or call (607) 739-5601, x4260.



Email hcsdinfo@horseheadsdistrict.com or call (607) 739-5601, x4260.



Board of Education Budget Workshops/Meetings


February 10, 2017 - 6pm, Big Flats Community Center - Budget Workshop
  • State of Our Schools
  • Initial Budget Overview, Transportation
presentation (pdf)
February 23, 2017 - 6pm, Center Street - Board of Education Meeting
  • Facilities, Human Resources budgets
video presentation (pdf)
March 9, 2017 - 6pm, Erin Town Hall - Budget Workshop
  • Special Education, Athletics budgets
video presentation (pdf)
March 23, 2017 - 6pm, Multi-Media Center - Board of Education Meeting
  • Budget Update - Instructional budget, budget review
video presentation (pdf)
April 6, 2017 - 6pm, Multi-Media Center - Budget Workshop
  • Finalize budget
video presentation (pdf)
April 19, 2017 (Wednesday) - 6pm, Ridge Road - Board of Education Meeting
  • Budget Adoption, Action on BOCES Administrative Budget
video presentation (pdf)
May 4, 2017 - 6pm, Multi-Media Center - Public Hearing on 2017-18 Budget video presentation (pdf)
May 16, 2017 - 7am - 9pm, Big Flats/Ridge Road/High School - School Budget Vote/Board of Education Election




Voter Information


Voter Eligibility

All district residents are eligible to vote, as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Are a United States citizen
  • Are 18 years of age or older on the day of the vote
  • Have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote
  • Are not restricted from voting in general elections based on election law


Absentee Ballots

Registered voters who cannot get to the polls on the day of the budget vote due to illness or travel may vote by using an absentee ballot. Applications for absentee ballots are available in the district's Business Office, South Wing of the High School, from 8am to 3:30pm, up to the day before the vote.

As long as their application is completed by the day before the budget vote, voters may visit the Business Office and complete an absentee ballot up to the day of the vote.

The district mails absentee ballots to voters listed as "permanently disabled" by the Chemung County Board of Elections.


Questions? Contact us at hcsdinfo@horseheadsdistrict.com or (607) 739-5601, x4260.



Interested in running for the Board of Education?

To run for the Board of Education, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a qualified voter in the district, able to read and write, and must have lived in the district for at least one year prior to the board election/budget vote. Petitions for district residents interested in running for the Board of Education are available in the Business Office beginning in early March.

Click here to learn about running for the Horseheads Board of Education.




Horseheads Central School District

One Raider Lane
Horseheads, NY 14845

Dr. Thomas J. Douglas
Superintendent of Schools



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