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GC School Budget Passes…Barely

The budget passed by a mere 20 votes in the Glen Cove School District vote last week, and with less than 1,600 votes cast. The approval of 799 “yes” votes versus 779 “no” votes means that the school district will have a budget of $76 million for the 2013-14 school year.  However, the close vote means a recount will be held, the results of which were not available as of press time.

Grady Farnan was re-elected to the board for a second term, and Richard Maccarone was elected again, after taking a year off from his duties. Eric Bailey, who also ran for school board trustee last year, was defeated once again. Maccarone received 1,050 votes, Farnan 859 votes and Bailey 832 votes.

The district’s $76,670,632 budget was created to preserve all current programs in the schools, and includes hiring an additional assistant principal at the middle school, an addition of $200,000 in security upgrades, $400,000 for a boiler at Landing Elementary and implementing a middle school honors program.

At a board meeting last month, Deputy Superintendent Kevin Wurtz said that the estimated average increase for a residential taxpayer is $157 for the year, or $13.08 per month.

With the current turmoil in the schools, including investigations into test coaching at two of the elementary schools and alleged grade changing on a Regents exam, the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria and the medical leave of high school Principal Dr. Joseph Hinton, a lot of residents have not been entirely pleased with the district.

“During these challenging times in Glen Cove, it’s gratifying to see that our shared goal of providing the best possible education for children has not wavered,” said Interim Superintendent Louis Zocchia, Jr., in a statement. “The commitment to do the right thing for all children is evident here. With your support, we will continue to do everything we can to deliver for our youth and for all those who call Glen Cove home.”