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Voters Approve $156.4M Budget

Voters in the Farmingdale School District cast their ballots on May 20, to pass a $156.4 million spending plan for the 2014-2015 school year, by a margin of 71 percent. 

 

According to unofficial tallies, 1,516 residents voted “yes” while 626 voted against the 2014-2015 budget. 

 

“When the Farmingdale community went to the polls on May 20, they spoke loud and clear,” Superintendent John Lorentz said. “They said that they understand the intrinsic value of the public school system, and are willing to take action to preserve it. We can’t thank them enough.”

 

The adopted budget represents a spending increase of $3,112,530—or 2.03 percent—over the 2013-2014 budget. 

 

Based on the Farmingdale School District’s 2014-2015 budget figures, employee benefit costs will increase by $2.7 million, while salaries will rise by $57,924 as a result of a required step increase.

 

The approved spending plan also includes a tax levy of $119.2 million—or 1.74 percent—for the 2014-2015 school year.

 

According to Farmingdale Assistant Superintendent of Business Paul Defendini, the goal in forumulating this year’s budget was to maintain the integrity of existing school programs. However, to do this, the district Board of Education needed to include a reduction in teachers and support staff and a slight increase in class sizes. 

 

“We are sensitive to what people are going through in this tough economy,” Defendini said. “It’s why we worked hard to preserve our programs while staying under the cap. We’re happy to see that the community responded in such an overwhelmingly positive way, and we thank them for it.”

 

In addition to the budget, voters approved two local propositions—to spend $985,000 from its capital reserve fund and to approve the Youth Council’s budget—by nearly 1,000 more “yes” votes each.

 

“The success of our district is made possible by the community consistently approving the budget,” said Board of Education President Shari Bardash-Eivers. “It allows us to maintain the wonderful education that has come to define Farmingdale schools, and for that we are extremely grateful.”

 

School board elections were a quiet affair this year, as incumbent John Capobianco would reclaim his seat on the Board of Education with 1597 votes. Because Vice President Steve Wilson decided not to run this year,  newcomer Ralph Morales would win Wilson’s seat in an uncontested election with 1,437 votes. 

News

Farmingdale village officials will be holding a public hearing on Dec. 1, to reexamine school speed zones throughout the village, in order to establish a consistent school speed zone limit. 

Holidays Increase Daily Congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

At a special “wrap up “ meeting for the 2014 Marcum Workplace Challenge, Greater Long Island Running Club Vice President and Event Director Mindy Davidson of Farmingdale, presented a special plaque to Winsome Foulkes, team captain of the Farmingdale-based Telephonics Corporation.  Winsome is retiring from Telephonics after a long and successful career and has led the Telephonics Corporation in the Marcum Workplace Challenge since its inception.  

There is simply no better way for runners and their families to celebrate the Holiday Season than by being part of the fun at the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Holiday 5 Kilometer Run, and on Saturday morning, Dec. 20, the Run will be celebrating its 27th anniversary edition at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage. The run will start at 9:30 a.m. on Broadway in Bethpage.


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