Written by Manhasset Superintendent of Schools Charles Cardillo Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00
Because the preliminary working budget requires a tax levy greater than the levy allowed under the tax levy cap legislation, the budget requires a supermajority vote of 60 percent in order to pass.
Simply put, two failed votes mandate that the tax levy increase is set at 0 percent. This means the district must reduce the budget and levy by $6,832,380. This reduction results in a 2013-14 budget of $85,362,624, which is $1,706,800 less than the current 2012-13 budget.
Bottom Line: If the vote fails twice, we must reduce the budget by $6.8 million.
1. Reduction of up to 14 FTE’s at the elementary level - $1.44 million reduction: elimination of one section at each grade level K-6 in both elementary schools, thus increasing class sizes, as shown on the projected elementary class-size slides #s 20 and 21 contained in the power point presentation on the district’s website at http://www.manhasset.k12.ny.us
2. Reduction of up to 14 FTE’s at the secondary level – $1.44 million reduction, i.e. this would translate into the elimination of up to 70 class sections across all subject areas - increasing class sizes, reducing student course options, and eliminating some course offerings.
3. Elimination of all interscholastic athletics at the middle school, JV and Varsity level–reduction of $2.0 million - very simply: No sports at all – Grades 7–12.
4. Elimination of all before- and after-school programs and activities K–12 – Reduction of up to $350,000. No clubs, elementary enrichment programs, or before- and after-school fine and performing arts.
5. Another $1.6 million or more would still have to be reduced throughout the remaining parts of the budget–including facilities, instructional technology, and personnel outside of teaching (clerical, custodial, administration, teaching assistants, supervisory aides, transportation, etc.)
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
Communities value their libraries, and at the Levittown Library, the library staff, in turn, truly appreciates their patrons. Employees at the Levittown Public Library, with a talent for knitting, demonstrate their commitment to the community’s teens by making “amigurumi”—small knitted or crocheted stuffed toys—for use in the reading program.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:27
Who says you have to travel into Manhattan for a fun-filled evening of delicious food and drink? YES Community Counseling Center hosted its 7th Annual “A Taste of the Town”, featuring many of the South Shore’s finest culinary establishments. All proceeds from the event benefited YES, a non-profit community-based organization providing services to children and families in the community.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:32
The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:31
With six second half goals, the Farmingdale State Rams men’s soccer team picked up a 6-0 conference victory over the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons on Oct. 11, to improve to 5-8-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the Skyline. The visiting Gryphons fell to 2-9, 0-5 in conference play.