From the Superintendent's Desk

May 2021

Dear C-R families -

This year's budget vote demonstrated, once again, that our community values education and supports our children.  All of us at Cobleskill-Richmondville are so grateful for your support.  Thank you!


Almost 84 percent of voters approved of our 2021-22 school budget, a margin that underscores the degree of trust district residents have placed in us. Your confidence as we strive to educate, inspire and empower our students is something we never will take for granted.


Although the vote of 452-89 might suggest an easy passage, this was, in fact, a budget cycle fraught with challenges. 


You may recall we began this school year under the threat of significant cuts to our aid from New York state. The economy as a whole also has remained fragile as we’ve endured several waves of the pandemic before the current recovery.


Thankfully, the catastrophic state-aid cuts that we once feared never came to pass, and federal stimulus money will fund programs that support our students’ pandemic-related academic and social-emotional needs. 


Still, the yearlong uncertainty made it extraordinarily difficult to craft a budget that both funded our programs but also braced us for financial turbulence.


In the end, we are proud to say we succeeded. The budget fully funds all existing academic programs as well as extracurricular and co-curricular activities. We did not reduce the size of our teaching staff. We increased spending a mere 0.23 percent. And, recognizing that the pandemic has presented hardships to so many of our residents, we maintained a flat tax levy.


Passage of this budget puts us on solid fiscal footing as we begin to prepare for 2021-22 -- and, we hope, a full reopening of schools next fall. 


Also, we extend our sincerest congratulations to Aimee Yorke and Dominga Lent, both of whom were reelected to the C-R Board of Education. The board’s careful stewardship of our budget in recent years is one reason we have been able to weather the pandemic’s financial challenges. 


In closing, thank you once again for your unwavering support for our work. As we move toward the end of this school year and begin preparing for the next, your partnership continues to be a source of inspiration for our entire staff.  We are so proud of our students at Cobleskill-Richmondville, and so grateful for your continued support!


Sincerely,

Carl J. Mummenthey
Superintendent of Schools