After months of anxiety about deep program cuts, the Maryvale Board of Education unanimously approved a $38.3 million budget proposal Monday night that would raise the tax levy by 1.84 percent.
Another standing-room only crowd packed the board room, as the district grappled with a $780,000 budget gap that threatened a number of extracurricular and athletic programs over the past two months. However, last week’s approval of the state budget netted Maryvale an additional $463,000 in state aid, allowing the district to overcome a majority of its gap.
“We’re able to put back all those levels, sports and extracurricular,” said Superintendent Deborah Ziolkowski. “All those opportunities we have this year, we’ll have next year.”
The state also lowered the amount of its gap elimination adjustment, cutting $1.48 million from its potential aid.
The proposed budget represents a 5.2 percent, or $1.9 million, spending increase. The 1.84 percent tax levy increase is the most Maryvale could raise without getting a super majority vote approval by residents.
To balance the budget, the district is proposing several staffing changes. Two clerical jobs and 4.2 teaching positions will be eliminated, and two vacant aide positions will not be filled. The district also wants to add two teachers for English as a Second Language and remedial elementary math.
Major increases in the budget proposal include a hike of $507,334 for special education placement, $365,727 for debt service for capital improvements, and $784,042 jump for employee benefits.