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School Budget Information 

About the Annual School Buget Vote 

In New York state, local school boards must annually develop a balanced school budget proposal and put it up for a public vote on the third Tuesday in May. This year, the vote will occur on Tuesday, May 21. District expenses may include salaries and benefits, curriculum, staff development, facilities maintenance and operation, transportation and debt service. Revenue includes state funding, federal funding, property taxes and appropriated fund balance.

Board of Education Election

There will be two seats, both five-year terms, up for election this spring. The seats are currently held by Paul Haggett and Kevin Perretta. Terms begin July 1. 
Those who are interested in running must file a completed petition packet with Ashley Snyder, District Clerk for Massena. Petitions are available at the MCSD Business Office on Nightengale Ave. (High School campus) on normal business days between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The deadline for petitions to be filed is April 22, 2024.
  • Petitions must include the signature of at least 25 qualified voters of the Massena Central School District.
  • A candidate must be a qualified voter of the district.
  • A candidate must be 18 years old.
  • A candidate must be able to read and write.
  • A candidate must have been a resident of the Massena Central School District for at least one year prior to the election.

Prior Budget Results

Budget 2022-2023: $69,832,522
2023-24 Budget Results
On May 16, 2023, Massena Central School District voters approved a $69,832,522 proposed budget for the 2023-24 school year by a vote of 357 (yes) to 62 (no). The budget carries a 9.4% increase in spending over the current year’s budget and will result in a 0% tax levy increase. 
Capital Reserve Fund 
Residents also approved the capital reserve fund which will allow the district to set aside money for future construction projects by a vote of 341 (yes) to 74 (no). There is no tax increase associated with the creation of the reserve fund. 
Board of Education Election 
Three candidates sought election for two open board of education seats. They are:
Kayla Lalonde 138 Votes
Joyce Giroux 298 Votes
Zachary Monroe 301 Votes 
  • The proposed budget is $69,832,522  
  • The tax levy increase is 0%.
  • The spending increase is $5,893,094
  • Voters will elect two members to the Massena Board of Education during the May 16th Budget Vote with terms beginning July 1, 2023. The person who gets the highest number of votes in the election would earn the five-year term seat and the second highest vote getter will receive the three-year term.

The district maintains a detailed, long range financial plan that spans five years. This plan projects the districts’ financial health and helps to fulfill other long range plans such as educational programs, curriculum initiatives and textbook purchasing

Where do your tax dollars go?

New Yorkers should know where their tax dollars are going. Open Book New York is part of State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's effort to promote more openness in government and give taxpayers better access to the financial workings of government. Click here to find out where local school districts spend their money.