Wednesday, 19 May 2010 00:00
“While I am disappointed with the budget vote results,” commented Garden City’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen about the May 18 failure of the district’s 2010-2011 school budget vote, “I respect and appreciate the views expressed by the community.”
The proposed budget was defeated by 203 votes, 1662 to 1459. Also on the ballot, Proposition 2: Voter Registration was passed by 2,000 to 814. School board candidates Colleen Foley and Barbara Trapasso, both running uncontested, received 1,816 and 1,794 votes respectively.
During a Garden City Board of Education meeting on May 19, the BOE voted to hold a budget re-vote on June 15, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Garden City High School. New York State Education Law § 2007 requires that a budget re-vote be held the third Tuesday in June (June 15, 2010). If the budget is defeated twice, the board of education must adopt a contingency budget (often called “austerity budget”). The contingent budget for Garden City Public Schools would require cutting $2.66 million from the budget presented on May 18.