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Letter: A School Budget Message From the FPBSD PTA

At the April meetings of the Floral Park-Bellerose School PTA and the John Lewis Childs School PTA, the general memberships unanimously approved motions to support the proposed 2012-13 Floral Park-Bellerose Elementary School District budget.

The purpose of the PTA is to advocate for and to promote the welfare of children and youth in the home, school and community. The PTA recognizes that every child deserves excellence in education and in quality of life. Our PTAs believe that the board of education has prepared a fiscally responsible budget designed to achieve the goal of providing a continued quality educational experience for all of our children.

Residents may attend the budget hearing on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the John Lewis Childs School for a detailed presentation of the budget.  Registration for the upcoming budget vote will be held at both schools on Monday, May 7, from 4–8 p.m. The vote is Tuesday, May 15, from 11 a.m.–9 p.m., again, at both schools. Residents vote at the school for which they are zoned. Absentee ballot applications are available on the district website.  The proposed budget includes continuation of the pre-kindergarten program, maintains class size, and continues the School Life Plus and Saturday enrichment programs.

In 2004, the proposed school budget was defeated and as a result, programs and services which we came to rely on and which benefited our children were eliminated. In addition, the use of fields and facilities were restricted, capital projects were canceled and computer and equipment purchases were eliminated.  

It is our responsibility as parents and neighbors to be advocates for the children of the Floral Park-Bellerose communities and to secure for them excellence in education. It is challenging as taxpayers to maintain such a high quality of life in our wonderful communities, but a defeated budget will not afford our children the education and services we have come to expect and that they deserve.

On behalf of the FPBS and JLCS PTAs, thank you for your support of our children and please vote for the budget on May 15.

Bridgette Alfonso, co-president, FPBS PTA
Laura Godley, co-president, FPBS PTA
Nadia Holubnyczyj-Ortiz, president, JLCS PTA

News

On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.

Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.

The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.

The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).

“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.


Calendar

Women’s Club Membership Meeting

Wednesday, April 16

North End Civic Association To Meet

Thursday, April 17

Blood Drive

Friday, April 18



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