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Pre-Kindergarten Application 2024-2025 School Year  – English  Spanish

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2023-2024 Budget

A white background with a ballot box that says Budget Vote. Above it says 2023-2024 Budget Vote and Board Election May 16, 2023 Thank you voters! Budget passes!


Voters approve 2023-24 school budget; create capital reserve fund account

Pine Bush Central School District voters approved the $135,629,641 budget, with 61.97 percent of voters supporting the spending plan.

This year’s budget included a tax levy increase of $909,795 or 1.5 percent.

Incumbents Kristi Kheiralla and Cara Robertson ran unopposed for their seats on the board. They will each serve another three-year term for our district.

“I am so grateful to our residents for coming out and supporting this budget,” said Superintendent of Schools Brian Dunn. “It says a lot about a community that continually supports its school district and its students, year after year. I am proud to be a part of this district.

“I also want to congratulate Kristi Kheiralla and Cara Robertson and thank both of them for their service to our community,” said Superintendent Dunn. “These are board members with lots of governance and leadership experience and our district is better because of them. Thank you for your service and I look forward to continuing our work together.”

Voters also agreed to create a capital reserve fund account for a 10-year period. Creating the account does not cost the district any money. It simply creates the account in which unappropriated district funds may be deposited in the future, up to $20 million. These funds may be used to offset a future capital project.

This budget increases spending by $6,870,306. State aid increased by $5,960,511 and the district used $2,896,756 in fund balance in order to fund this budget. All existing programs are maintained in this budget. In addition, special education teachers, speech teachers, an addition pre-K teacher, English as a New Language teacher, a high school counselor, tech support staff, a teaching assistant and nine custodial workers will be added to better serve our students.






Yes – 672

No – 420

Creation of Capital Reserve Fund Account

Yes – 672

No – 416


Board of Education


*Kristi Kheiralla – 798

*Cara Robertson – 869

* incumbent


Budget Vote Breakdown

Official Results of May 16, 2023  Budget Vote and Board of Education Election

Location Budget Proposition Capital Reserve Fund Proposition Board of Education Candidations
Yes No Yes No Kristi Kheiralla Cara Robertson
Walker Valley Fire House (Gardiner and Shawangunk) 159 115 157 116 195 240
Pine Bush Fire House (Crawford and Montgomery) 254 133 255 130 300 314
Circleville Evangelical Presbyterian Church (MT. Hope and Wallkill) 163 47 162 47 176 186
Bloomingburg Town Park (Mamakating) 93 119 95 117 121 126
Verified and Counted Affidavit Paper Ballots 3 6 3 6 6 3
Totals 672 420 672 416 798 869


Board proposes $135,629,641 budget for 2023-2024 school year

Voters go to polls May 16 for budget vote, to create a capital reserve fund account and board of education election; Tax levy increases 1.5 percent

Pine Bush Central School District residents will vote on a $135,629,641 budget on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, as well as elect two board of education members. Voters will also decide whether to create a capital reserve fund account in which unappropriated district funds can be reassigned and used for a future capital project.

The proposed tax levy will increase by 1.5 percent or $909,795, for a total of $61,562,815.

This budget is 5.33 percent more than the current year’s budget, an increase of $6.87 million. State aid increased 9.4 percent, providing nearly $6 million in additional aid over the current year’s figure. The district will also use $2,896,756 in fund balance for this budget.

The tax levy is the amount of money raised by taxes. Fund balance is money that was previously collected by the district but not appropriated.

Budget revenue includes state aid, property taxes, fund balance and other sources such as tuition, interest, continuing education fees, BOCES reimbursements, and late tax fees, to name a few.

Budget Newsletter

Click here to view the 2023-24 budget newsletter.


District’s Legal Notice

Click here for the district’s legal notice, which is included on the postcard mailed to residents.


Two candidates running for two board seats

Two candidates, both incumbents, are running for the two seats available on the board of education. Kristi Kheiralla and Cara Robertson are seeking reelection to the board. 


Budget Vote and Board of Education Election is May 16, 2023

The district’s annual budget vote and board of education election will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Voting will be from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. at the following polling locations throughout the district:

  • Election District No. 1:  Walker Valley Fire House
    3679 Route 52, Walker Valley
    (Residents of the Towns of Gardiner and Shawangunk) 
  • Election District No. 2: Pine Bush Fire House (Station 1)  
    2405 Route 52, Pine Bush
    (Residents of the Towns of Crawford and Montgomery) 
  • Election District No. 3: Circleville Evangelical Presbyterian Church 
    890 Goshen Turnpike, Circleville
    (Residents of the Towns of Mount Hope and Wallkill) 
  • Election District No. 4: Town of Mamakating Park in Bloomingburg
    27-29 Mamakating Road, Bloomingburg
    (Residents of the Town of Mamakating)


Budget FAQs


Candidate Petition Packet

Residents of the Pine Bush Central School District who wish to run for a seat on the board of education must complete a petition with a minimum of 25 signatures and turn it in to the district clerk by Monday, April 17, at 5 p.m.

Prospective candidates may download a petition packet here or stop by the district office, located at 156 Route 302, Pine Bush, and pick one up. 

The packet explains the process of running for school board. It contains the physical petition pages that can be printed out and returned after signatures are gathered, as well as board policies, contribution and expenditure statements and information on upcoming workshops to prepare for becoming a board of education member.

Absentee Ballots

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the district clerk or downloaded here. Applications must be received by the clerk at least seven days before the election, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter.

Applications for ballots may not be submitted more than 30 days prior to the election.  The clerk will begin accepting absentee ballot applications on Monday, April 17, 2023

All ballots must be received by the Office of the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.

For further information, contact the district clerk at (845) 744-2031 ext. 4023.

Military Ballots

Any residents who are members of the military and in service on the date of the election may request a military absentee ballot. Please return the request by 5 p.m. on April 21, 2023. Your ballot will then be sent to you.

For further information, contact the district clerk at (845) 744-2031 ext. 4023.

Voter Registration

Qualified voters may personally register at the District Office during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., until May 4, 2023. 

In addition, personal registration will be conducted on Thursday, May 4, 2023, between 4 and 8 p.m.  at the district office. 

Any qualified voter may register with their respective County Board of Elections at any time prior to voting in a school election. 

Residents of the district who are already registered with their county board of elections are registered to vote in school elections.


Budget Development 

Budget Development Calendar

Budget Presentations

The following presentations were made at board meetings.

Anyone wishing to view the meetings may do so here.

2023-2024 Final Proposed Budget and Property Tax Report Card (presented April 11, 2023)

2023-2024 Preliminary Proposed Budget and Property Tax Report Card (presented March 28, 2023)

2023-2024 Proposed Instructional Budget (presented March 15, 2023)

2023-2024 Proposed Operations and Maintenance Budget (presented March 15, 2023)

2023-2024 Property Tax Cap Calculation (presented March 15, 2023)

2023-2024 Proposed Administrative Staffing (presented March 15, 2023)

2023-2024 Transportation Budget (presented March 15, 2023)

2023-2024 Technology Budget (presented March 15, 2023)

2023-2024 Draft Rollover Budget/Property Tax Cap Calculation/Preliminary State Aid Analysis (presented Feb. 7, 2023)

2023-2024 Demographic Update Study (presented Jan. 24, 2023)

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools
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