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Belt-Tightening Budget Also on Ballot

District Officials Tout Low Cost-Per-Pupil Spending

On Tuesday, May 17, Massapequa residents will head to the polls to vote on the 2011-12 school budget. The $179,209,899 proposed spending plan consists of a budget-to-budget increase of 1.72 percent and a tax levy of 1.64 percent, both of which are among the lowest in Nassau County, according to district officials.

Charles Sulc, superintendent of Massapequa School District, said the district had left “no stone unturned” in developing a budget that he claimed is fiscally prudent and sensitive to the needs of residents, while also preserving the district’s instructional programs.

In what they termed as a strategic move, district officials also planned for the possibility of a two-percent property tax cap by proposing a tax levy of 1.64 percent. That levy, noted Alan Adcock, deputy superintendent for the district, “is significantly below a tax cap if it were enacted [by New York State].”

“Through careful, long-range planning we have been able to build up reserves and fund balances to offset the tax levy,” Adcock added. “As a result, Massapequa’s tax levy increase is the fourth lowest in the county.”

“While cuts in state aid, rising pension costs, and unfunded mandates are uncontrollable realities that drive up expenses for all districts, we are doing all we can from keeping those uncontrollable costs from compromising our value-based, quality-driven instructional programs, especially at a time when student achievement is higher than ever,” said Sulc.

“Massapequa students place in the top 25 percent in Nassau County for student achievement, but our cost-per-pupil spending is in the bottom 10 percent of Nassau County’s 56 school districts,” he maintained. “Our educational return on investment is very high. With statistics like these, we hope to keep our programs going strong so that students can continue to succeed academically.”

The district urges all residents 18 and over to vote on the school budget on Tuesday, May 17 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information about the district, the proposed budget and election districts go to www.msd.k12.ny.us/budget1112.

Residents who would like to vote by absentee ballot or have not yet registered may do so by calling Anne Marie Bellizzi, district clerk at 308-5001.