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Byram Hills Student Enrollment
School Budget Edges Up, Enrollment Down

April 28, 2017
Byram Hills Board of Education adopted the administration's proposed 2017-18 school budget of $90,590,230. The budget presents a 0.8% increase from the 2016-17 school budget of $89,881,446.

The tax levy from real estate tax property revenues is projected at a 1.1% increase to $78,562,474 from the 2016-17 actual real estate tax revenue which was $77,708,495.

The proposed Byram Hills school budget maintains all of the prior educational programs, all state and federally mandated programs, all athletic and extracurricular activities, and all district’s transportation.

The school district’s student enrollment is projected by a demographic consultant to steadily decline over the next five years. This school year’s enrollment was 2,374 students and the projected enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is 2,305 students. That would be a 2.9% decrease year over year. The district enrollment from the academic year 2012-2013 at 2,645 pupils to 2,305 pupils in academic year 2017-2018 is a forecasted drop of 12.9%. District enrollment of that 2017-2018 forecast of 2,305 is projected to drop even further to 2,144 in the academic year 2021-2022 which would be a 7.0% drop off. In last year, the budget cost per enrolled student in the district was $37,861. In the projected new budget, the cost per enrolled student could be $39,302. That would translate to a 3.8% increase in budget cost per student.

Program costs are projected to be 69.3% of the total budget. The largest components of this segment of the budget are forecast to be computer assisted instruction at the cost of $3,510,448 (9.1% increase), pupil transportation at $3,840,917 (6% increase) and employee benefits at $16,266,846 (decrease of 1.8%).

Staff changes for the 2017-18 school year are proposed as follows:

• Staff increase of 0.5 full-time special education position at Wampus Elementary School
• Elimination of 2.0 full-time elementary teachers
• Elimination of 3.0 full-time middle school teachers
• Elimination of 1.0 teacher’s aide
• Elimination of 1.0 full-time administration.

Byram Hills staff salaries have increased with the union labor negotiations as follows:

• Administrators Association - Increase of 2.0%
• Teachers Association - Salary Increase of 1.0%
• CSEA, Local 1000 AFSME, AFL-CIO - Salary Increase of 1.5%

The proposed increase in capital expenses, which is 19.1% of the total budget, is a surge of 6.7% or $1,158,652. The proposed transfer of $1 million to capital asset preservation plan is the most dramatic increase at 106%. The maintenance of the  facilities is proposed at a substantial 43% increase for $2,430,493.

Further budget information is available here.

The budget vote is on Tuesday May 16 from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at H. C. Crittenden Middle School, 10 MacDonald Avenue, Armonk.