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School, Library Budget Vote Tuesday, May 19

Spending Increase Set for 3.21 Percent

Don’t forget, on Tuesday, May 19, there will be a vote on the Massapequa School District 2009-2010 school budget, plus the Massapequa Public Library budget.

Voting will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Massapequa High School, 4925 Merrick Road; Fairfield Elementary School, 330 Massapequa Ave.; McKenna Elementary School, 210 Spruce St.; and Lockhart Elementary School, 199 Pittsburgh Ave.

In addition to the budget votes, four candidates will be vying for two seats on the Massapequa Board of Education.

Incumbents Maryanne Fisher and Tom Caltabiano are both running for re-election. Two challengers have entered the race: Carl Hoops and Gary Bennett. All four are running for a three-year term on the BOE.

The proposed school district budget stands at $171,715,173. The budget-to-budget increase is 3.21 percent. District officials claim this represents the lowest budget-to-budget increase in ten years.

On the spending side, the General Support budget will see a 0.10 percent increase, the Instruction budget will increase 3.81 percent, and the Districtwide Support budget will go up 3.04 percent.

In the General Support budget, the Board of Education portion is set to increase 1.99 percent; the Business Administration-Finance department will go up 4.16 percent, the Superintendent’s Office will increase 0.99 percent, while the Personnel/Public Information/Legal budget will decrease 14.39 percent.

The Instruction budget will see increases in Curriculum Development (3.59 percent), Regular School K-12 (4.18 percent), Special Education Programs (2.72 percent), Occupational Education (2.74 percent), and Instructional Media/Libraries (14.29 percent). Budget decreases are set for Continuing Education/Summer School (7.33 percent) and Pupil Services (0.59 percent).

In the Districtwide Support budget, spending increases are scheduled for Community Services (10.03 percent), Pupil Transportation (9.33 percent) and Interfund Transfer (5.71 percent). According to district officials, the estimated tax increase for community residents is $19 per month.

On the revenue side, the estimated tax levy increase is 3.75 percent. State aid will increase by 2.82 percent, but local revenue is estimated to drop by a significant 9.89 percent.

Alan Adcock, the district’s assistant superintendent for business, noted that last year’s budget totaled $166,369,911 in spending. The 3.75 percent tax levy amounts to $140,672,463, as opposed to $135,588,735 in last year’s school budget. The school district’s total population stands at 8,125, slightly down from last year’s total student body of 8,149.

The estimated reserved fund balance for the 2009-2010 budget is $13.5 million, as opposed to $12,494,858 from last year’s actual budget. The unreserved, unappropriated fund balance for the proposed budget is $6.1 million, a slight increase from last year’s fund balance of $5,938,522