For more than two decades, the Rush-Henrietta Budget Advisory Council has provided the superintendent with recommendations regarding the annual school budget. This year, the Budget Advisory Council included residents, parents, teachers, administrators and staff members and represented a good cross-section of our community.

During our monthly meetings, which began in November and ended in March, our goal was to help shape an educationally sound and fiscally responsible proposed budget. Members of the Budget Advisory Council reviewed the district budget line by line.

The Board of Education has adopted a budget we fully endorse and support. It includes funding to preserve the successful K-3 small-class size initiative, completes the district’s 1-to-1 technology initiative as outlined in our five-year plan and re-allocates funds to replace building visitor management systems to help enhance safety. In addition, the proposed budget reflects a reduction in the Payments in Lieu of Taxes agreement for The Marketplace mall; and freezes discretionary spending.

A homeowner with property assessed at $100,000 and the basic STAR exemption would pay an additional $26 next year. A senior citizen with property assessed at $100,000 and the enhanced STAR exemption would pay $13 more next year. Rush-Henrietta will continue to have the lowest true value tax rate in Monroe County.

Please vote from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Transportation and Operations Center at 1133 Lehigh Station Road. It is our responsibility to prepare our students for a bright and prosperous future by providing them with a sound education. Your continued interest in our school district and our community’s children is greatly appreciated.

Bob Logel, chairman

Budget Advisory Council

Rush-Henrietta Central School District