School & Library Vote Extended!

You have received a postage prepaid absentee ballot that includes the Schoharie Free Library’s proposition. The Schoharie Central School vote has been extended to June 16 FOR MAIL IN BALLOTS ONLY! The mailed ballots must be received by the District by 5pm on June 16th to be counted. Any mailed ballots postmarked on June 16th or before but not delivered to the district before 5pm on Tuesday June 16th will not count in the election.

The Schoharie Central School District budget vote for the 2020-21 fiscal year will be held on June 16th VIA ABSENTEE BALLOT due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. A proposition to increase the Schoharie Free Library Association’s annual budget by $10,000 per year is included on the school budget ballot. For most taxpayers, this tax increase is about the price of a medium size ice cream cone and will allow us to continue to provide programming for all residents of the school district.

During the COVID-19 emergency, the Schoharie Free Library continues to provide virtual programming via the internet, including our Friday morning Story Time. Many of our clubs and programs were converted into an on-line format so patrons could continue to participate. The library also provides internet access and e-books and magazines through Overdrive and we continue to offer free books on our porch.

The Library is getting ready to reopen and when we do, we plan to offer “curbside” pick up for books and a separate time for seniors and those who are immunocompromised to visit.

PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES. WWW.SCHOHARIELIBRARY.ORG

All children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals will receive Pandemic-EBT benefits

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN  
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 has authorized the payment of Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) to households with children who would have received free and reduced price school meals, were it not for the March-June school closures.
  All children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals will receive Pandemic-EBT benefits! Pandemic-EBT does not replace or affect eligibility for other nutrition programs; families will continue receiving emergency meals distributed by schools, SNAP, WIC, summer meals and/or meals in childcare in addition to Pandemic-EBT. Eligible families will receive a set amount of funds on an EBT card to purchase groceries at retailers that accept EBT Benefits. Visit fns.usda.gov/snap for more information on participating retailers and eligible food items. Benefit amounts will be $5.70 per child, for each day that school is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic—equivalent to USDA’s daily reimbursement for free breakfast and lunch, for a maximum of $420 per child in a household for the March-June period. Families do not need to apply to receive Pandemic-EBT. Benefits will be issued automatically on existing EBT cards for households already receiving SNAP, Public Assistance or Medicaid. New cards will be mailed to all other eligible households who currently do not have an EBT card. Families are due to receive benefits in two payments during the month of June.  
For additional information, please go to https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp
 
Special thanks to Hunger Solutions NY and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for providing information.