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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 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 .