Dear Blackhawk Community,
Our budget situation this year is finally beginning to stabilize. We began the school year with a threat of 20% mid-year cuts to school aid and the possibility of a continuing financial crisis with no end in sight.
Since then, school aid has been fully restored by the state legislature and federal stimulus money is positively impacting our fiscal outlook.
This year, Oxford Academy will have a 0% increase in its tax levy and will seek to create a long-term plan to effectively manage the infusion of state and federal funds.
Along the way, we will ask the community to support an Energy Performance Project that provides much needed upgrades to energy-oriented infrastructure and guarantees to cut energy consumption costs over the next ten years by several million dollars.
The Energy Performance Project will result in no additional billing to local taxpayers and in turn should have a positive impact in the future as a result of reduced energy costs.
As always, we thank the Oxford community for its steadfast support of Oxford Academy and we look forward to providing the best education possible for all of our children.
With Sincere Gratitude,
District Budget Vote - May 18, 2021
NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING AND VOTE - OXFORD ACADEMY AND CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
A budget hearing for the inhabitants of the Oxford Academy and Central School District qualified to vote at School District meetings will be held at the Oxford Academy Middle School Conference Room, Oxford, New York, commencing at 6:00 p.m. on May 5, 2021 where there shall be presented the proposed School District budget for the following school year.
Date of Vote
The vote upon the appropriation of the necessary funds to meet the estimated expenditures or for any propositions involving the expenditure of money or the authorizing of levy of taxes, as well as the election of members of the Board of Education shall be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at the Oxford Academy High School Library, Oxford, New York between the hours of 1 p.m. and 9 p.m., via paper ballot.
Statement of Money Required for Next School Year
A copy of the statement of the amount of money which would be required for the next school year for school purposes shall be completed seven days before the budget hearing and may be obtained by any resident of the District at each schoolhouse on or after May 3, 2021, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., except Saturday, Sunday or holiday.
Vote for Board Members and a Member of the
Oxford Memorial Library Board of Trustees
Petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education and for member of the Oxford Memorial Library Board of Trustees must be filed with the Clerk of the District no later than 5:00 p.m., April 19, 2021. Contact District Clerk, Mrs. Rice at 607-843-2025, ext 4040 or [email protected]
for a petition. The following vacancies are to be filled:
For the Board of Education:
One three-year term ending June 30, 2023 currently held by Nathaniel Emerson;
One three-year term ending June 30, 2023 currently held by John Godfrey;
For the Oxford Memorial Library Board of Trustees:
One five-year term ending June 30, 2025 currently held by Fred Lanfear.
Each petition must be addressed to the Clerk of the District, be signed by at least 25 qualified voters of the District, shall state the residence of each signer and the name and address of the candidate. Vacancies upon the Board shall not be considered separate specific offices. The individuals receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to the vacancies.
Shall the proposed 2021-2022 budget in the amount of $19,475,132 for the Oxford Academy & Central School District (“District”) approved by the Board of Education on April 12, 2021 be adopted?
PROPOSITION I – BUS PURCHASES
Shall the Board of Education (“Board”) of the Oxford Academy and Central School District, Chenango County, New York (the “District”) be authorized to purchase two (2) 65-passenger school buses for a total maximum cost not to exceed $232,000; and shall the Board be authorized to raise the specified sum for this purpose, or so much thereof as may be necessary, by levying a tax upon the taxable property of the District, to be collected in annual installments as provided in Section 416 of the Education Law; and in anticipation of such tax, to issue obligations of the District?
PROPOSITION II – ENERGY SYSTEMS
Energy Systems for School District Buildings and Facilities
Shall the Board of Education of the Oxford Academy and Central School District, Chenango County, New York (the “School District”) be authorized to renovate, reconstruct, improve, rehabilitate, repair, furnish or equip the Oxford Academy High School & Primary School, Oxford Academy Middle School and District Bus Maintenance Facility through the enhancement of the School District’s energy services, including, but not limited to, electricity, heating, ventilation, cooling, steam or hot water, involving the installation, maintenance or management of energy systems or equipment to improve the energy efficiency of, or production of, energy in connection with a building or facility, at a total estimated maximum cost not to exceed $2,900,000 and to pay a portion of said costs and to raise the sum of $2,900,000 by either (i) the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of the School District, to be collected in annual installments as provided in Section 416 of the Education Law, which tax may be offset by New York State aid and energy savings or revenue available therefore (which New York State aid and energy savings are currently anticipated to result in present value savings and fully offset the amount of any taxes levied in order to pay debt service on obligations issued to finance the aforementioned enhancement of energy services), and, in anticipation of such tax, shall the School District be authorized to issue obligations of the School District up to a maximum principal amount of $2,900,000 or (ii) to enter into energy performance contracts in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $2,900,000 for the provision of energy services, in which a person agrees to install, maintain or manage energy systems or equipment to improve the energy efficiency of, or produce energy in connection with, a building or facility in exchange for a portion of the energy savings or revenues as authorized by Article 9 of the New York Energy Law (the "Act") for municipalities and school districts?
PROPOSITION III - LIBRARY APPROPRIATION
Shall the appropriation for the Oxford Memorial Library within the Oxford Academy and Central School district be increased by the sum of $3,041.00 per year so that the total appropriation to the Oxford Memorial Library shall be $156,139 which shall be raised by a tax upon the taxable property of the School District in accordance with Education Law section 259.
Any proposition that is required to be included for vote shall be submitted in writing by means of a petition signed by at least 25 qualified voters, stating the residence of each signer, which proposition shall be filed with the Board of Education not later than 30 days before the date of the election as set forth in this notice unless a greater number of days is required by statute. Any proposition shall be rejected by the Board of Education if the purpose of the proposition is not within the powers of the voters or where the expenditure of monies is required for the proposition, and such proposition fails to include the necessary specific appropriation.
Military voters who are qualified voters of the School District may apply for a military ballot by requesting an application from the District Clerk. For a military voter to be issued a military ballot, the District Clerk must have received a valid ballot application no later than 5:00 pm on April 22 2021. 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. The School District will transmit military ballots to military voters on April 23, 2021. Completed military ballots must be received by the School District by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the election, May 18, 2021 in order to be counted.
Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the office of the District Office. Such applications must be received by the District Clerk at least seven days before the vote set in this notice if the ballot is to be mailed to the absentee voter or the day before the vote if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the absentee voter. Absentee ballots must be received in the office of the District Clerk of the District not later than 5 p.m. on the day of the vote.
A list of all persons to whom absentee voters’ ballots have been issued shall be available for public inspection during regular office hours which are between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Any qualified voter, may upon examination of such list, file written challenge of qualifications as a voter of any person whose name appears on such list, stating the reasons for the challenge. Such written challenge shall be transmitted by the Clerk or designee to the Inspectors of Election on election day.
DATED: 03/16/21 By order of the Board of Education of the
Oxford Academy and Central School District
By: Michele D. Rice