[February 22, 2013] At the Board of Education’s second Budget Workshop on February 20, Assistant Superintendent for Business Kelly Seibert presented updated projections based on clarifications from the New York State Education Department on tax cap formula calculations and proposed, non-personnel reductions.
Proposed Phase I reductions total $1,822,010 and include:
After discussing the projected tax levy and use of reserves, Board members arrived at a consensus to aim for staying within the cap and limiting the use of reserve funds to $1.5 million pending further information regarding proposed reductions.
With Phase I reductions, use of $1.5 million of reserve funds and a tax levy increase within the cap, the District will still face a projected budget deficit of $5,175,505.
The next budget workshop is scheduled for March 5 at 6:30pm at the Administrative Offices in Hillburn. Slated for presentation are Phase II and III reductions, which will focus on staffing.
“Other local districts have made difficult reductions over the past three or four years,” noted Superintendent Dr. Douglas Adams. “These are challenges we have to face. Administrators are looking to minimize the impact on core instruction, but it is extraordinarily difficult.”
Community members are invited to attend upcoming workshops to stay informed about the budget development process. Although there is no opportunity for public comment during Board workshops, questions and comments regarding the budget may be expressed during the public comment portion of regular Board of Education meetings and via email (send to firstname.lastname@example.org).