Budget Facts

2017 – 2018 Budget Adoption

2017 – 2018 Budget Adoption

This year’s tax levy cap is 1.74%, which is significantly lower than in previous years. The Clarence Central School District has a history of fiscal responsibility. The tax levy is the amount of money raised for the school budget via property taxes. Your tax rate is calculated by dividing the amount of the tax levy […]

Clarence Budget Facts

Did you miss Monday’s budget meeting? It was very well attended, and many congratulations to Clarence’s Destination Imagination teams, and to the winners of the 27th Congressional District’s art contest – the top three were all Clarence kids! Rick Mancuso gave the budget presentation, and noted that although the levy is being increased by about […]

The 11 Proposed Positions to Restore

Here are the 11 positions Superintendent Hicks will propose to restore at Monday night’s budget meeting. Sign the petition and demand that the school board restore these NEEDED positions. Note that language – NEEDED. NOT ONE is fluff. 2 ELA and 2 math teachers at CMS and CHS to meet state mandates and serve students […]

Regarding the Budget Study Session

Regarding the Budget Study Session

In 2013, Clarence voters overwhelmingly rejected a school tax increase of 9.8% – well over the state’s tax cap.  The message that sent to the school’s board, teachers, students, and parents was that the community would not support maintaining the school’s excellent people, classes, and services if it meant taxes being raised in excess of […]

Weakened Schools, Weakened Community

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Clarence Tops WNY Sports Programs

Clarence Tops WNY Sports Programs

As we in Clarence consider cutting half of the modified sports program and all freshman sports, consider that Business First ranks Clarence’s sports program as the best in WNY. Clarence Senior High School possesses a unique combination of intellectual skill and athletic prowess. The former is the reason for Clarence’s impressive showings in Business First’s […]

Clarence: Efficient Excellence

Clarence: Efficient Excellence

Business First’s numbers keep coming, and they all make Clarence’s school district look great. One has to wonder what all the fuss is about, because under normal circumstances having the widest pupil: administrator ratio in WNY of 281.7 : 1, the 5th lowest per-pupil spending in WNY, and moving up from 6th to 3rd in […]

Clarence School Payroll: Within the Norm

Buffalo Business First’s annual school rankings are about to be released, and information has begun trickling out. Today, Business First details that 800 people in WNY schools earn $100,000 or more. Turning specifically to Clarence, the data is as follows: CLARENCE • Geoffrey M. Hicks, $174,167 (10) • Neil T. Burns Jr., $140,625 (69) • […]

Why Didn’t They Just Do 2% Every Year?

No matter which side of the equation you were on, people have wondered why the increase had to have been 9.8% — and risk creating such a blowback from sticker shock. In fact, all of us had had the same question raised to us (or raised it ourselves) about a hundred times over the last […]

Superintendent Hicks’ ReVote Presentation

The .pdf document shown below is the entire PowerPoint that Superintendent of the Clarence schools Geoffrey Hicks presented to the Board of Education and assembled members of the public at a meeting held at the Clarence High School on May 28, 2013.  You can see it here in its original format. Clarence Revote Presentation If […]

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