Written by Eric Holden: email@example.com Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00
The Levittown School Board planned to adopt the budget for the 2012-13 school year at its public meeting at the Memorial Education Center on March 28, but opted to postpone it for further review of the district fund balance.
Since the district has until the third week in April to submit its final budget proposal to the state, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Mark Flower said there’s plenty of time to review the budget to see if more fund balance can be produced.
The fund balance is essentially reserve money that can be used for emergency situations in the district for special projects that require cash flow not originally funded in the budget.
Board Vice President Peter Porazzo likened the fund balance to a district savings account that can be used for situations like a roof or boiler replacement. The budget that the board was slated to adopt came at a total expenditure of $189,996,581 for the 2012-13 school year, which represents a 4 percent reduction from the previous year’s budget total of $197,907,475.
A total of $111,982,052 of the 2012-13 proposed budget would be used for staff salaries, down from $115,077,803 in 2011-12. Another $42,502,929 will be used for employee benefits, down from $43,094,698 in 2011-12.
Board President Michael Pappas said the 2012-13 budget is similar to the one adopted last year, with some minor changes. “It is a rollover budget, but it’s really what we had last year with some adjustments to bring us into this year,” Pappas noted.
The budget will be presented to the voters of the Levittown community on May 15. “This is a rollover budget,” Grossane said. “Our intention is to keep all programs intact for students. However, there might be some staff reductions districtwide, in response to scheduling, enrollment, or perhaps some realignment in certain areas.”
Grossane added that any staff cuts for 2012-13 would not be as significant as the tough choices that needed to be made in last year’s budget. “I was not part of the district last year, but I know it was very concerning that 60 teachers were let go,” he said. “Nothing like that is planned for this year. I haven’t seen the results of scheduling, so there could be a few letters going out. I’m just being honest with everyone.”
Later, he praised the board for the hard work they put in over the last several years to make this year’s process much easier. “That’s why we’re seeing a general trend in the decline in expenses,” Grossane said. “We did a lot of the hard work last year that, unfortunately, many districts are doing this year.”
Board Trustee Jim Moran added that the budget process this year was one of the smoothest that he’s ever been a part of, and he thanked the board for assisting with the process. “I sat on this board for 12 years, and I would have to commend central office administration and Dr. Grossane for making this one of the easiest budgets I’ve ever dealt with,” he said. “Everyone was on board, we hashed out a lot of things and I think you guys did a very good job.”
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
When Msgr. Ralph Sommer was growing up he found inspiration from the example of his uncle, Father Ralph Besendorfer. “He was a Brooklyn priest,” said Msgr. Sommer, who is known to parishioners as “Father Sommer” or “Father Ralph.”
“My uncle was a most powerful and delightful influence, happy, caring, and helpful,” said Father Sommer, outgoing pastor of St. Brigid’s Church, in Westbury. “I would look at him and say, ‘I could do that.’”
For a number of years, Father Besendorfer would come out to St. Bernard’s in Levittown on weekends to assist.
Now, Father Sommer finds himself about to become pastor of St. Bernard’s on June 26, succeeding Msgr. Gerard Ringenback, pastor of St. Bernard’s since 2001.
He doesn’t know if anyone at St. Bernard’s will remember his uncle, Father Sommer said, but “if I meet people who remember him from that time, it will be a nice thing.”
Born in Flushing, Queens, Father Sommer grew up in Garden City, attending St. Anne’s School. He advanced to St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary, a high school for young men considering the priesthood.
“It was a caring community,” with priest-instructors and students who shared an interest in exploring the priesthood.
For college, he left the seminary system for Adelphi University near his home. “I walked every day. We didn’t have another car.”
Adelphi offered an opportunity to test his vocation. He majored in psychology, “which I thought would help me if I became a priest.”
After Adelphi, he returned to priestly studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington. Upon graduation, he was ordained a priest in 1983.
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 07:26
Under dark cloudy skies, Coach Bob Fehrenbach and the MacArthur Lady Generals, defending Long Island champions, ended their season with a 12-1 loss after forcing a third game in the best of three series from East Meadow.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Senior pitcher Anthony Semonella at Division Avenue High School has received a scholarship from the University of Bridgeport and has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the collegiate level. He was joined by parents Donna and Ralph Semonella, Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni, Physical Education Chairperson Mauro Chiti and varsity baseball coach Tom Tuttle as he signed a letter confirming his acceptance to the university’s athletic program.
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Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
St. Thomas Aquinas College freshman Robert Naughton, of Levittown, has made his impact known in the NCAA Baseball East Coast Conference. Naughton started out his 2013 campaign not allowing an earned run in the first 19 innings he pitched.
At completion of his first season Naughton pitched 58 innings compiling a record of 6-1, leading the East Coast Athletic Conference with an era of 1.54.