The Glen Cove Board of Education adopted the proposed budget of $79,281,428 for 2014-15 at last week’s board meeting. The proposed budget carries a tax levy impact of 1.58 percent, which complies with the NYS tax levy cap law. The budget increase is $2,610,796 over the current year’s budget.
“These are difficult financial times,” said Superintendent Maria Rianna. “We looked carefully at all aspects of our district’s financial status and have presented a budget that is fiscally responsible and insures our children’s educational program is properly supported.
The Board of Education has adopted a budget that stays within the tax levy limit and provides the transparency requested.”
The most significant increase in the district’s expenses comes from the Teachers Retirement System budget line, with a total of $1,483,523; this is a cost that has been rising every year and one that the district has no control over. Other notable areas of increase are almost $800,000 in tax refunds, $1.8 million in the special education program and $515,000 in workmen’s compensation.
Letters have gone out to some staff members alerting them of the possibility of job loss, though nothing is finalized at this point. The board has made a commitment to taxpayers on the tax rate but not specific cuts. Some of the areas they are looking at are staff cuts in teacher’s aides and monitors to save about $740,000 and a reduction of $567,000 in the operation of facilities budget line.
Board President Donna Brady said, “There are areas where we know we have excess...it’s nice to have, but we have to clean it up.”
She said that the board is “still fighting over where cuts should take place -in a healthy way” and want to have an accurate number of retirements and enrollment before cutting any jobs.
“We value the people that work in this district so we’re not making any decisions yet,” Brady said.
The next Board of Education meeting will take place on Monday, May 5 and Meet the Candidates night will be on Monday, May 12, both at 7:30 p.m. at the middle school. There will be a budget hearing on Wednesday, May 7, at the high school, at 7:30 p.m. The budget vote and trustee election will be on Tuesday, May 20.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015.
The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families.
This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar.
I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.