NOTICE OF ANNUAL SCHOOL DISTRICT MEETING
OF THE VOTERS OF THE
BEEKMANTOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education of the Beekmantown Central School District, Clinton County, New York will hold a public hearing on the 2021-2022 budget on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. in the Learning Theater, Haynes Road, across the street from the District Office located at 197 Haynes Rd, Plattsburgh, New York.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required to fund the School District's budget for 2021-2022, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained by any resident or taxpayer of the District during business hours beginning May 4, 2021, except Saturdays, Sundays and or holidays at any school building, the district office, West Chazy Library, and the school district website.
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE BEEKMANTOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT HEREBY GIVES NOTICE that pursuant to a Resolution adopted by the Board of Education of the Beekmantown Central School District of the Towns of Beekmantown, Plattsburgh, Chazy and Altona held on March 9, 2021, the annual meeting of the qualified voters of said School District, County of Clinton, State of New York, will be held in the Learning Theater, Haynes Road, across the street from the District Office located at 197 Haynes Rd, Plattsburgh, New York on May 18, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., prevailing time, for the purpose of voting upon the following propositions:
To approve the proposed 2021-2022 school budget in the amount of $46,064,390, and to authorize the requisite portion therefore to be raised by taxation on the taxable property of the District.
Shall the Board of Education purchase and, to the extent necessary finance, three (3) student transport vehicles at an estimated cost not to exceed $356,000, including necessary furnishings, fixtures and equipment and all other costs incidental thereto and to expend a total sum not to exceed $356,000, which is estimated to be the total maximum cost thereof, and levy a tax for the foregoing in the amount of $356,000, which shall be levied and collected in annual installments in such years and in such amounts as may be determined by the Board of Education and in anticipation of the collection of such tax, bonds and notes of the District are hereby authorized to be issued at one time or from time to time in the principal amount not to exceed $356,000, and a tax is hereby voted to pay the interest on said obligations when due. This purchase is subject to a State Aid transportation reimbursement ratio of 75.1%. Additionally, the district will trade or sell three (3) school buses.
(Board of Education Members)
To elect four (4) members to the Board of Education. The top three (3) candidates receiving the highest number of votes will fill three (3) year terms (7/1/21 – 6/30/24). These seats are presently held by Cathy Buckley, Ed Marin and Mark Sand. The 4th highest candidate will fill the unexpired term of Michael Hagadorn commencing 5/18/21 - 6/30/22.
Patricia (Patty) LaFlam
(Capital Reserve Proposition)
Shall the Board of Education of the Beekmantown Central School District establish a new ten-year capital reserve pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law in an amount not to exceed $500,000 to be used for the acquisition of machinery and equipment for and the construction and reconstruction of improvements and additions to all District buildings, transportation facilities and grounds, such reserve fund to be funded from year-end budget surplus funds known as unassigned fund balance, as available, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2021 and each fiscal year thereafter for the term of the reserve fund, (ii) transfers of excess monies from Board of Education designated reserves, (iii) amounts from budgetary appropriations from time to time, and (iv) New York State Aid received and made available by the Board of Education from time to time, all as permitted by law.
NOTICE IS GIVEN that voting upon the foregoing Propositions will be by voting machine or paper ballots, and will take place at the Learning Theater, Haynes Road, across the street from the District Office located at 197 Haynes Rd, Plattsburgh, New York on May 18, 2021 from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., prevailing time.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that in-person voting will be conducted in a manner consistent with NYS Department of Health guidelines intended to protect voters and school district personnel and may include the requirements that voters wear masks and maintain proper social distancing.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that qualified voters may obtain applications for absentee ballots from the District Clerk's office. Completed applications for absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk of the School District no later than 4:00 P.M. prevailing time, on May 17, 2021, and must be received no later than 4:00 P.M., prevailing time, on May 11, 2021 if the absentee ballot is to be mailed to the voter. Completed applications received after 4:00 P.M. on May 11, 2021, will require the voter to personally appear at the District Clerk's office to receive an absentee ballot. A listing of all persons to whom an absentee ballot is issued will be available for inspection by any qualified voter during regular business hours in the District Clerk's office through May 17, 2021. Qualified voters who do not want to vote in person because of concerns surrounding COVID-19 and public gatherings may also request an absentee ballot on those grounds as provided by law and Executive Order(s) then in effect. Guidance regarding absentee voting due to concerns related to COVID-19 will be published on the School District’s website when available and questions may also be directed to the District Clerk at 518-324-2998 or email@example.com.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that military voters who are qualified voters of the School District may apply for a military ballot by requesting an application from the District Clerk at 518-324-2998 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For a military voter to be issued a military ballot, the District Clerk must have received a valid ballot application no later than 4:00 pm on April 22, 2021 [26 days prior to the vote]. In a request for a military ballot application or ballot, the military voter may indicate their preference for receiving the application or ballot by mail, facsimile transmission or electronic mail.
NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Board of Education has ongoing registration. Any person who is not already registered to vote, upon proving that he or she is entitled to vote may register by appointment with the district clerk’s office until May 11, 2021. To make an appointment, contact the District Clerk at 518-324-2998 or email@example.com. No person will be entitled to vote whose name does not appear on the School District Register or who has not registered with the Clinton County Board of Registration to vote at the general election. The register containing the names of qualified voters will be available for inspection in the District Clerk’s office during the hours of 7:30 am – 4:00 pm on each of the five days prior to the day of the election, except Sundays.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions nominating candidates for the office of school board member must be filed in the district clerk’s office no later than 5:00 pm on April 19, 2021. Each petition shall be signed by at least 25 voters of the District, and must state the name and residence of the candidate.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a qualified voter is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old, a resident of the school district for a period of 30 days next preceding the annual district election. The School District may require all persons offering to vote to provide one form of proof of residency pursuant to Education Law 2018-c. Such form may include a driver's license, a non-driver identification card, a utility bill, or a voter registration card. Upon offer of proof of residency, the School District may also require all persons offering to vote to provide their signature, printed name and address.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the District Clerk is authorized and directed in the name and on behalf of the District to do all acts and things necessary, following the advice and counsel of the District’s School Attorney or the District’s Bond Counsel, to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and executive orders relating to the Special Meeting and to do all other acts as may be necessary, or in the opinion of the District’s School Attorney or the District’s Bond Counsel, desirable or proper to effectuate the purposes of the foregoing Resolution and to cause compliance by the District with all applicable laws, regulations and executive orders relating to the notice of, and procedural steps to be taken in connection with such Special Meeting.
Joanne Menard District Clerk