The Pioneer Board of Education unanimously approved a 2022-23 general fund budget of $62,408,491 at its April 19 regular meeting.

The budget represents a spending increase of 5.03 percent over the current plan. 

Assistant Superintendent Nick Silvaroli said the tax levy increase of 2.98 percent (to $13,896,000) is under the state's property tax cap of 3.23 percent.

Voters will weigh in on the budget during polling on May 17 at the high school. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m., just prior to that evening's regular board meeting.

Staff additions in the proposed budget include: 

  •  2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) Special Education Teachers
  • 1.0 FTE Literacy Specialist
  • 1.0 FTE Registered Nurse

Also, the budget proposal exchanges two Home-School Liaison positions for two elementary Guidance Counselors. It exchanges a 0.6 FTE BOCES Computer Tech for a 1.0 FTE Pioneer Computer Technician.

Other budget highlights:

  • includes an HVAC maintenance service agreement through BOCES
  • adds $10,000 for building supplies across all four buildings 
  • increases technology equipment replacement budget by $15,000 
  • continues complimentary breakfast service at all buildings
  • decreases reliance on the district fund balance