From: Jobin-Davis, Camille (DOS)
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 4:39 PM
Cc: Freeman, Robert (DOS); Mercer, Janet (DOS)
Subject: RE: School posting of administrative information
After researching the provisions of law that were enacted as reported in the article that you
forwarded (thank you!!), I learned that the following language was signed into law on October
7, 2008 (Chapter 640):
Education Law § 1716
§ 1716. Estimated expenses for ensuing year. 1. It shall be the duty of the board of education of each district to present at the annual budget hearing a detailed statement in writing of the amount of money which will be required for the ensuing year for school purposes, specifying the several purposes and the amount for each. The amount for each purpose estimated necessary for payments to boards of cooperative educational services shall be shown in full, with no deduction of estimated state aid. The amount of state aid provided and its percentage
relationship to the total expenditures shall also be shown. This section shall not be construed to prevent the board from presenting such statement at a budget hearing held not less than seven nor more than fourteen days prior to a special meeting called for the purpose, nor from presenting a supplementary and amended statement or estimate at any time.
2. Such statement shall be completed at least seven days before the budget hearing at which it is to be presented and copies thereof shall be prepared and made available, upon request and at the school district offices, at any public library or free association library within the district and on the school district's internet website, if one exists, to residents within the district during the period of fourteen days immediately preceding the annual meeting and election or special district meeting at which the budget vote will occur and at such meeting or hearing.
This appears to be a requirement that school districts post a statement detailing proposed budget information on the district’s website at least seven days before the budget hearing, and for the 14 day period prior to the annual meeting and election or the meeting at which the budget vote will occur.
I hope that this is helpful to you. Please let me know if you have any questions, and again,
thank you for bringing this to my attention.