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Schools

The New Budget

Charles Cardillo, superintendent of schools, told The Manhasset Press what the district cut or reduced in the revised budget that will be put to a vote on June 18.

According to Cardillo, major cuts include the elimination of a high school assistant principal position and a part-time high school fine arts teacher. In addition, the salary of the director of physical education, interscholastic athletics and health services position will be reduced. Collective bargaining also resulted in the retirement of nine employees through the implementation of a retirement incentive.

At the time of the interview, Cardillo said he was not able to provide every custodial and faculty elimination or reduction.

However, the superintendent of schools did outline the changes each school will undergo.
At the elementary level:

• The implementation of a full-day kindergarten program, which Cardillo says will save money.
• Each club will receive 50 percent of its funding from the school instead of 100 percent.
• The elimination of all field trips and BOCES outdoor education and arts programs.
• The removal of the fourth grade instrumental music program.
• Class sizes will remain unaffected.
At the middle school level:
• The elimination of the humanities program.
• Class size increases in some courses.
• The elimination of combo sports teams where seventh and eighth graders will play on the same team for certain sports.
• Each club will receive 50 percent of its funding from the school instead of 100 percent, Cardillo said.
• The elimination of all field trips.
At the high school level:
• The removal of a few Latin courses, not all.
• Increase in class sizes for some high school courses.
• Each club will receive 75 percent of its funding from the school instead of 100 percent.
If the budget fails on June 18, the most affected area would be afterschool programs, according to Cardillo. Seventh through twelfth grade sports would be eliminated, he said.