Mahopac Central School District will be holding its annual school budget vote on May 21, 2019. Any registered Putnam County resident eighteen and older can vote. In addition to the proposed budget of $122,637,613, which is $683,396 less than the 2018-19 approved budget, voters will also be voting on a tax neutral Capital Project Plan which is a bond that will allow for the district to complete various improvement projects at each of the schools in the district.
Mr. DiCarlo, Superintendent of the Mahopac Central School District, spoke to the many projects the bond will support. From live-streaming cameras on every sports field for games, to upgrading the science and music wings in the Mahopac High School, this bond has the potential to drastically improve the quality and safety of Mahopac schools. If the Capital Project Plan passes, a turf field will be installed on the football practice fields between the high school and middle school. In addition, the entrance in every school building will consist of two consecutive doors that will ensure the safety and security of the schools. All libraries throughout the Mahopac Central School District will become library-media centers. The boys’ locker room in the high school will be renovated and improved. A new water-filtration system will be installed outside of the high school to ensure better water quality and pressure for the three-school campus. Many modified sports teams will be added in the middle school including softball, baseball, girls and boys basketball, and boys soccer.
DiCarlo also spoke to the development of academic programs for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Students in the middle school can begin taking a foreign language in seventh grade instead of eighth grade. There will be the addition of Project Lead the Way, a college-preparatory engineering program at the high school and potential transitional classes for eighth-grade students preparing for ninth grade and the new program. The addition of a Director of Guidance in the high school will provide the support needed to the Counseling Department as they prepare students for their high school and future careers.
The changes proposed focus on benefiting the students’ learning environments, allowing for better education and more opportunity. With a better school comes a better town. Enhancing the schools in Mahopac will increase property values. Throughout the years, there have been school budget cuts which diminished the chances of proper change and improvements. However, this year we have the opportunity to begin those improvements to ignite positive growth in the Mahopac Central School District. With the many additions to our athletic program, Mahopac sports can thrive and develop, creating an environment with school spirit and pride.
What's important to note is that spending will be less next year than this year. Some of Mahopac’s debt has been paid off, leaving room for new expenses. The proposed budget will present a 1.7% tax rate increase, but it will enhance and improve the quality of the entire Mahopac Central