Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00
In the June 2013 edition of the (Carle Place) Frog Horn, a letter appeared in which the writer praised two members of the Carle Place Board of Education for their roles in maintaining a low budget increase this year. While the increase in this year’s budget is actually higher than it has been in recent years, I would like to commend all five board members for the job they did in keeping this year’s increase as low as possible. I would like to, specifically, mention the three members, who were not mentioned by name in that letter: President Barry Dennis and trustees Larry Zaino and John DiFrisco. The current board and district administration has continued a practice of past boards and administrations in establishing budget and tax increases, which are moderately low compared to other school districts on Long Island. This has resulted, over the years, in a tax rate in Carle Place, which is among the lower rates in the region. At the same time, the quality of the education provided in our schools continues at a very high level, as evidenced by the assessment of independent organizations such as U.S. News and World Report, which rated Carle Place High School as among the best in the country. Obtaining this type of educational outcome, while keeping the tax rate as low as it is, has been particularly difficult considering the many unfunded mandates imposed on school districts by the state government.
Moreover, the New York State created Taylor Law and Triborough Amendment place school districts in an extremely unfavorable position in labor negotiations. I strongly encourage the current board and administration to continue the good work they have done over the past year. I urge them to strive to achieve three goals in preparing each year’s budget. First, and foremost, they should ensure the quality of the education provided to the children in our community, so that they are fully prepared to be well-informed and productive citizens when they graduate. Secondly, they should continue to produce a budget that is affordable to the taxpayers in the district. Thirdly, they should maintain the high-quality reputation of our schools in order to protect property values for all homeowners in the district. If they achieve these goals, I am confident that the community will continue to support the school budgets as they have done for many years.
Former member of the
Carle Place Board of Education