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Manhasset Schools Update: April 26, 2013

BOE Unanimously Adopts

Proposed 2013-14 Budget

At the April 17 board of education meeting, the Manhasset BOE voted unanimously to adopt the 2013-2014 budget that results in the following:

A 2.56 percent budget-to-budget increase

A 5.98 percent tax levy-to-tax levy increase

The board of education approved final reductions to the preliminary working budget when it agreed to:

Allocate $249,943 of reserves and fund balance to offset the tax levy

Reduce $74,824 from line items in the budget including chaperoning supervision, supply and other budget codes-- in addition to the $1,712,551 that had previously been reduced from staff reductions and line items, as well as through the board’s adoption of the Pension Contribution Stabilization Plan

Consequently, over the five-year period from 2009-10 through 2013-14, these reductions yield:

A 2.13 percent average budget-to-budget increase

A 2.55 percent average tax levy-to-tax levy increase

Carlo Prinzo, school board president, said, “Five years ago the board of education began a self-imposed tax cap that has seen Manhasset budget increases running at slightly over 2 percent, consistently lower than school districts in Nassau County during this period of time.  At the same time, the school district has continued to experience superior academic achievement among our student body along with very high participation numbers in interscholastic athletics, music, visual art and theatre, as well as our before and after school programs district-wide.”

During the meeting’s budget presentation, a slide entitled “The First Vote Counts, ‘One and Done,’” emphasized the challenge that lies ahead in the days prior to the May 21 supermajority vote.

Superintendent Charlie Cardillo stated, “I am confident that when our community takes a step back and studies the overall implications of the May 21 vote, our residents will achieve the 60 percent majority needed to approve the budget. We are one of the premier public school districts in America, who, for the past five years have been able to sustain excellence while exhibiting great fiscal responsibility as evidenced by our budgets during each of these years.” For further information, please visit the district’s website at www.manhasset.k12.ny.us and click on the link on the bottom right entitled “2013-14 Budget–Learn the Facts” to get the latest budget information.  In addition, please feel free to contact Charlie Cardillo at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

News

Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 

 

“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 

 

“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


Sports

On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Calendar

Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6



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