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Letter: Glen Cove Board of Education Unanimously Approves Budget

After many months of working together with the administration and community the Glen Cove Board of Education voted to adopt the proposed 2010-2011 school budget, which represents a commitment to continued student success and ongoing long-range fiscal responsibility. Thanks to the continued support of the community, student achievement is at an all-time high in the classroom, on the stage, and on the playing field. The Board of Education is very proud of the progress that has been made and believes the proposed budget will provide the funding needed to continue to support the district’s goals.

In this most challenging of economic times, the Board of Education and administration were faced with the responsibility of developing a proposed 2010-2011 school budget that continues to support student achievement, provides a range of extracurricular activities, funds federal and state mandates, maintains the district’s facilities, provides long-range financial stability, and honors the promise to taxpayers to be fiscally responsible. The proposed budget accomplishes these goals. The budget-to-budget increase, which is actually lower than last year, is 1.55 percent, while the tax levy increase is 3.7 percent. In order to achieve this, the board and administration cut $2.78 million through the elimination of several teaching and administrative positions, and reductions in capital projects and transportation expenses. The Glen Cove Administrators Union is also voluntarily taking a freeze in salaries.  

If the budget is ultimately defeated, the district would be forced to operate on contingency. The contingent tax levy would represent a 2.04 percent increase. Should that happen, the board would be forced to make additional cuts and the following areas would be considered: eliminate all athletics except for varsity sports, eliminate all field trips, and cut an additional 18 teachers. The consequences of further reducing staff would be higher class sizes and the elimination of many elective courses.

The board of education and administration invites all residents to visit the district’s website at www.glencove.k12.ny.us for detailed information regarding the proposed budget. All registered voters are invited to vote on Tuesday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.    

The Glen Cove Board of Education