Superintendent's Message

  • May 2019

    Dr. Jonathan Ross  

    Dear Members of the Blind Brook School Community,

    Next Tuesday, May 21st, from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street Elementary School, voters will be presented with the 2019-2020 Blind Brook-Rye School District budget adopted by the Board of Education in the amount of $46,289,618, a 2.43% increase over the amount of the 2018-2019 budget. It is noteworthy, that for each of the eight years that the NYS Tax Levy Cap Law has been in place, at Blind Brook, the school tax levy has always been at or below the maximum allowable tax levy limit, thus an override has never been proposed. This trend will continue with the 2019-2020 Adopted Budget.

    For the past two months the Board of Education and I have publicly discussed the development of a school district budget for next year. While this has been another challenging budgeting process, we are pleased to be able to include in next year’s budget much needed funds to support special educational programs, to purchase new technology equipment and two new school buses, and to support two new positions. The new positions include a school social worker position at BMPRSS and an instructional staff developer position in the District office.

    Importantly, the Board of Education and I are pleased to announce that the adopted 2019-2020 budget meets its targeted budget goals – it maintains all core instructional programs while staying at the maximum allowable levy limit. The 2019-2020 Adopted Budget, if passed by resident voters, provides for a 2.96% tax levy increase which is precisely at the maximum allowable under the law. For 2019-2020, the Blind Brook tax levy growth factor is 1.02. This coupled with a tax base growth factor of 1.0096 has created a budget scenario wherein the 2019-2020 tax levy can increase by $1,149,106. Consequently, in developing a final budget for next year, due diligence was applied to limit spending increases only where needed and to reduce the amount used from reserves by $186,249. To reiterate, this budget meets the tax levy cap mandate and voter approval does not require an override on May 21st.

    In summary, the Board of Education and I believe the financial plan as set forth, will obtain desired results with the projected resources needed to implement the educational program and ensure that every student receives an excellent education. You are encouraged to study the plan and ask questions about its contents. For further information please contact me at 937-3600x3022 or

    Please remember to cast your vote next Tuesday, May 21st at the BMPRSS Old Gym.



    Jonathan Ross, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools