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Manhasset Schools Update: March 22, 2013

The Challenge Of A Supermajority Vote

Because the preliminary working budget requires a tax levy greater than the levy allowed under the tax levy cap legislation, the budget requires a supermajority vote of 60 percent in order to pass.

Simply put, two failed votes mandate that the tax levy increase is set at 0 percent.  This means the district must reduce the budget and levy by $6,832,380. This reduction results in a 2013-14 budget of $85,362,624, which is $1,706,800 less than the current 2012-13 budget.

Bottom Line:  If the vote fails twice, we must reduce the budget by $6.8 million.  

Under consideration:

1.  Reduction of up to 14 FTE’s at the elementary level - $1.44 million reduction: elimination of one section at each grade level K-6 in both elementary schools, thus increasing class sizes,  as shown on the projected elementary class-size slides #s 20 and 21 contained in the power point presentation on the district’s website at http://www.manhasset.k12.ny.us

2. Reduction of up to 14 FTE’s at the secondary level – $1.44 million reduction, i.e. this would translate into the elimination of up to 70 class sections across all subject areas - increasing class sizes, reducing student course options, and eliminating some course offerings.

3.  Elimination of all interscholastic athletics at the middle school, JV and Varsity level–reduction of $2.0 million - very simply:  No sports at all – Grades 7–12.

4.  Elimination of all before- and after-school programs and activities K–12 – Reduction of up to $350,000.  No clubs, elementary enrichment programs, or before- and after-school fine and performing arts.

5.  Another $1.6 million or more would still have to be reduced throughout the remaining parts of the budget–including facilities, instructional technology, and personnel outside of teaching (clerical, custodial, administration, teaching assistants, supervisory aides, transportation, etc.)

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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