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Budget Gap Means Staff Cuts

The Glen Cove Board of Education held the final budget presentation on Wednesday night at Glen Cove High School, 13 days before the upcoming budget vote. The final 2014-15 budget tally for the district is $79,281,428. This is an increase of $2,610,796 from last year’s budget, which was $76,670,631. The 2014-15 tax levy for the district is $64,780,719, which is a 1.58 percent increase from the 2013-14 tax levy of $63,770,937.

 

School Superintendent Maria Rianna said that the budget gap of $1,227,000 means projected staff cuts for the 2014-15 school year. Staff cuts are projected for ESL (English as a Second Language) and library staff and in other areas of the district.

 

“There will be cuts made in a number of areas,” said Rianna. “We are looking at cutting staff in ESL, teacher assistants, school librarians, clerical, administrative, custodial and music. Right now we don’t have estimates on how many positions will be lost.”

 

Rianna added that the district will also look at the number of people retiring from their positions as well
as the lack of need for certain positions.

 

“In ESL, for example, our district currently has more services than the state mandates,” she said.

 

Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante detailed some of the finer points of the adopted budget, including all budget appropriations and revenues.

 

The biggest change in revenues is for the use of reserves fund, which is $1,205,000 in 2014-15. The amount of money used for reserves in 2013-14 was $0. Money from the budget reserves is used for tax certiorari, unemployment insurance and workmen’s compensation purposes. The tax levy was the second biggest change, with a $1,009,782 increase from 2013 -14 to 2014-15. The current tax levy is $64,780,719.

 

The annual meeting for the budget and BOE election is on May 20 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

 

The website www.glencove.k12.ny.us can be used for additional budget information and voting locations.