Written by Manhasset Superintendent of Schools Charles Cardillo Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00
Requiring a supermajority vote is punitive…if 4000 people vote and 2,399 vote “yes” while only 1601 vote “no” the budget would be defeated…Where’s the outrage?
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 PowerPoint 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.)