Written by Michael Scro, email@example.com Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
The Garden City school board held a budget session on Tuesday, March 5, where a presentation on the district’s tax certiorari was held by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen.
The meeting’s topic came as a result of the Nassau County Appellate Court’s decision to reverse Nassau County’s tax certiorari shift of liability for settlements to schools districts.
The superintendent’s original 2013-14 budget recommendations to the board included $1,396,000 to be placed in a tax certiorari reserve fund for settlement reimbursements. However, as the reversal may be appealed by the county executive and legislature, the board is currently in the process of formulating the budget under the uncertainty of the future of the tax certiorari ruling.
The board is also questioning whether, under the circumstances, the school district has the authority to establish a tax certiorari reserve fund. They are currently prioritizing a list of programs and needs to restore if the board reduced the budget by the monies originally slated for the tax certiorari reserve fund.
One of the questions Superintendent Feirsen raised regarding their decision is if the Appellate Division’s ruling stands - at least for the time being — $1,396,000 in the budget no longer needs to be dedicated to tax certiorari settlements.
“The budget could be lowered by $1,396,000 with a corresponding lowering of the tax rate,” Feirsen said.
According to the school board, the money initially devoted to tax certiorari could be redirected to supporting programs and other district needs, including class size, curricular clubs, summer school/AIS, a replacement of a facilities department truck and BOCES career and technical education programs.
“Amounts to be added to other budget codes could range from $1.00 to $1,396,000,” Dr. Feirsen said.
The district has announced a $107,930,252 proposed overall budget for 2013-14, and for the budget to increase by $3,714,724, or 3.56 percent. The projected tax levy increase with STAR is 3.86 percent, and the maximum allowable tax levy is 3.91 percent.
The board tabled their discussion on reserves until their next budget session on March 19. They had discussed reserves in previous meetings, as well as non-instructional expenses.
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.
JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
Ever since the Garden City School District passed a $36.8 million School Investment Bond back in 2009, the upgrades throughout the district have been quite substantial. And while most of it has gone towards infrastructure, external visible improvements have rightfully been a source of pride for the board, which has taken to conducting tours at the different schools preceding the monthly public meetings that are normally held at Garden City High School. On the night of the school board meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Homestead Building, the school board, administration and Superintendent Dr. Robert Feirsen went on a guided tour of the building by Homestead Principal Dr. Suzanne Viscovich.
Feirsen described the tour as a new tradition started last year where administration travels around each of the district’s school buildings in the Fall to observe its current offerings and recent upgrades.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:43
With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.
Register For The Online Registration Option
Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.
In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password. A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.
Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:22
Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.
PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.