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Board Adopts $79M Budget

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.


News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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