Written by Charles Cardillo, Superintendent of Schools Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00
After extensive discussion at its April 4 meeting, the Manhasset Board of Education agreed to reduce the preliminary working budget, resulting in the following:
• a 2.71 percent budget-to-budget increase, reduced from the originally proposed 4.61 percent budget-to-budget increase
• a 6.47 percent tax levy-to-tax levy increase, reduced from the originally proposed 8.78 percent tax levy-to-tax levy increase
Consequently, over the five-year period from 2009-10 through 2013-14, these reductions yield:
• a 2.16 percent average budget-to-budget increase
• a 2.65 percent average tax levy-to-tax levy increase
Having allocated a total of $8,403,859 of reserves and fund balance over the past four years to reduce the tax levy for all community members, the board and the administration will continue to examine whether the levy can be further reduced in preparation for the adoption of the budget on April 17.
Thanks to the efforts of Senator Jack Martins and the state legislature, which passed legislation last week related to a pension contribution stabilization program, the board of education agreed to adopt this plan which will bring immediate relief in the amount of $1.2 million to the preliminary working budget.
In addition, the board of education’s reductions include $429,107 from the preliminary working budget. The most notable reduction is in staffing, where the board reduced the originally proposed increase of 11.1 staff positions to 3.9 positions. This increase is primarily dictated by the needs of special education students. The reductions include:
• the elimination of four proposed teacher assistant positions
• the reduction of one kindergarten section at Munsey Park due to kindergarten registration being less than the projected enrollment
• the reduction of one Munsey Park and one Shelter Rock second grade section