Medina school district proposes $42 million budget with 2% tax increase

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 May 2024 at 5:36 pm

District has stayed under the tax cap last 15 years; transportation will be available to all students next year

MEDINA – The school district is proposing a $42,162,921 budget for the 2024-25 school year that increases spending by 5.2 percent or $2,067,106 from the $40,095,815 in the current school year.

The budget proposes a 2.0 percent tax increase, up from $8,814,697 to $8,990,990. This is the 15th consecutive year Medina is under a state-imposed tax cap of about 2 percent, said Dr. Mark Kruzynski, the district superintendent.

The budget and the election for two board of education members goes to a vote from noon to 8 p.m. on May 21 at the District Office, 1 Mustang Drive.

The budget maintains all academic, extra-curricular and athletic programs, including modified sports and clubs, Kruzynski stated in a letter to the community.

Medina also will keep all support positions established with a federal stimulus grant and will make transportation available to all students in the 2024-25 school year.

The district for about a dozen years has had a single bus run in the morning and afternoon, with an expanded walk zone – 2 miles for students in middle and high school, and 1 mile for those in elementary school. The district made that decision during a budget crisis when the state made steep cuts to school districts in 2010-11.

The district is in a stronger financial position now. Medina will add more busses next year and continue with the one morning and afternoon bus runs. It will cost about $525,000 with district reserves covering the cost in 2024-25. After that, state aid will pay 90 percent of the cost, Kruzynski said.

There are some staff cuts in the proposed budget and those are being made through attrition with several retirements in the district.

“Our board members have worked diligently with the administrative staff to create a fiscally responsible budget, and one that exemplifies excellence in education,” Kruzynski wrote in a  letter to the community about the budget.

There are two candidates for two open seats on the board. Alissa Mitchell and Jennifer Buondonno are both current members of the board.

Mitchell, the board vice president, is a first grade teacher at Brockport. Buondonno is an assistant branch manager at Tompkins Community Bank.