2021-2022 Budget Information

Welcome to the Wantagh UFSD 2021-2022 budget information webpage.


This page is designed to provide Wantagh School District residents with budget information in a transparent manner. The budget that is discussed initially is one that is prepared by district administrators with direction from the Board of Education. However, with Board and community input, the budget that is adopted is ultimately that of the Board of Education.


Please check back as the information contained on this webpage will change as the budget development progresses. 


Questions about the budget may be addressed to any of the following:

Mr. John McNamara, Superintendent of Schools


Mr. Anthony Cedrone, Asst. Supt. for Business


Board of Education



    The current 2021-2022 budget, Version 3, as adopted by the Board of Education on April 8th totals: $83,515,890

    •     This represents a 2.82%  change from the current year budget.

      The estimated 2021-2022 Tax Levy to support the above budget is: $63,458,381.

      •      This represents a 3.82% change from the current year tax levy.


      The Allowable Maximum Tax Levy Under the Tax Cap is currently $60,748,205. For 2021-2022 the district's tax cap is negative.  The year over year change is (0.61%). 


      Please review the important information provided below on the district's financial status, the current budget, the negative tax cap, and the need to override the tax cap with a supermajority of voter approval (i.e >60% approval).  





      PROPOSITION 1: 2021-22 BUDGET    

      Residents will be asked to vote on the proposed 2021-2022 budget. Details of the proposed budget can be found on this web page.



      Residents will be asked to vote for the election of a member to the Board of Education for a three year term commencing on July 1, 2021.




      Upcoming Meetings:        

      Due to COVID-19 these meetings will be held virtually. The link to join each meeting can be found below and on the district's homepage. 

      A recorded copy of each meeting will also be available as well.

      Questions and answers will be taken via the Q&A feature of Zoom. 


      District residents who wish to participate in budget focus group discussions, please click the link below to register. 

      Budget Focus Groups


      Public Budget Forum #1

      Monday, March 1, 2021 7pm Virtual

      Presentation from Budget Forum # 1



      Public Budget Forum #2

      Monday, March 15, 2021 7pm Virtual

      Recording of Budget Forum # 2

      Presentation from Budget Forum #2



      Public Budget Forum #3

      Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7pm Virtual

      Recording of Budget Forum # 3

      Presentation from Budget Forum # 3



      Public Budget Forum #4

      Thursday, April 8, 2021 1pm Virtual

       Recording of Budget Forum # 4

      Presentation from Budget Forum #4


      Budget Adoption (Regular board meeting)

      Thursday, April 8, 2021 8pm Virtual


      Budget Hearing (Regular board meeting)

      Thursday, May 6, 2021 8pm Virtual


      Budget Vote and Trustee Election

      Tuesday, May 18, 2021




      Estimated 2021-2022 Revenues




      The tax levy cap legislation continues to effect school district budgets, including the 2021-2022 school year (this proposed budget).

      It is important to note that the cap is on the growth in the tax levy (the amount of taxes collected to run the district) and not a cap on tax rates or individual tax bills. Tax bills will fluctuate, up or down, in amounts that may exceed 2%.

      The information presented here is designed to provide residents with the components of the actual calculation for Wantagh UFSD. Decreases to the calculated maximum tax levy amount have a direct impact on proposed budgeted expenditures, absent any additional revenue sources (e.g. state aid).

      The tax levy cap also sets budget approval requirements. A proposed budget with a resulting tax levy at or below the cap requires only a simple majority for approval. A proposed budget that exceeds the cap requires a 60% majority of voter approval.

      The current version of the 2021-2022 budget exceeds the tax cap and needs a supermajority approval to pass. 


      The following are reproduced with permission from Capital Region and Questar III BOCES:



      Calculation of Wantagh UFSD Maximum Allowable Levy




      2021-2022 Comprehensive Budget


      Budget Notes

      Athletic Team Details


      The links below are all the same version of the proposed budget with differing levels of detail. 


      2021-2022 Budget with expenditure data

      2021-2022 Budget by function

      2021-2022 Budget -  3 Part Format

       The 3 Part format is required by NYS law and reports budgeted expenditures in 3 categories, namely administrative, program (instructional) and capital.




      In accordance with NYS law, the following additional documents are required to be provided to district residents:


      School District Report Card Information (Current is for 2018-2019 School Year)

      • New York State Report Card-District 
      • New York State Report Card-Mandalay Elementary School
      • New York State Report Card-Forest Lake Elementary School
      • New York State Report Card-Wantagh Elementary School
      • New York State Report Card-Wantagh Middle School
      • New York State Report Card-Wantagh High School
      • Fiscal Accountability Supplement (Current is for 2017-2018 School Year)

      These reports, along with other data, are available directly from the NY State Education Department website. Click HERE for this information.