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Board Outlines Budget

There is a lot that goes into putting together a school district’s budget. At last week’s Oyster Bay/East Norwich School Board meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott explained the basic fundamentals of preparing a finalized budget.

“The budget formula is to adopt a spending plan which is voted on by the community to operate our district,” said Van Cott.

Steps that are included in the budget development are preparing a “rollover” budget in November and obtaining projected data such as health insurance figures, TRS (Teachers Retirement System) and ERS (Employees Retirement System).  School administrators meet with central office members to evaluate existing programs and enrollments and then review and prioritize cost saving initiatives.

The central office team reviews the budget items line by line and the board of education reviews the budget in public sessions.

The budget discussion for the 2014-15 school year will follow a specific pattern, with a facilities update occurring on Jan. 7, an expenditure budget review on March 4 and a budget review on April 1 before the budget hearing on May 6. In February, March and April of 2015 the budget will be thoroughly reviewed again before the budget vote on May 20.

Van Cott outlined the school district’s demographics, stating that as of Nov. 30, there are 1,655 students who attend public schools in the district. This number is up slightly from figures over the past few years.

The “combined wealth ratio” (CWR) in the district, which is a number tallied by the state education department, is 3.66. This number, according to Van Cott, is the second highest in Nassau County with Locust Valley Schools ranking as the highest CWR.

“What this means for us is that we receive less money for state aid because of the wealth in our district,” said Van Cott.

Other News:

Director of Special Services for Oyster Bay/East Norwich school district, Debra Kienke, was honored for her13 years of service at the school board meeting. Kienke will be moving on to a new position at Oceanside High School as the Executive Director of Special Services for the school district.

The next meeting will be a Work Session on Jan. 7 in the high school library.


Snouder’s Corner Drugstore is up for sale by Laffey Fine Homes. Patrick J. Valente, licensed associate broker said, “I just showed it yesterday morning to an interested buyer.” He said the asking price is $995,000, “just short of a million” and added, “everything’s negotiable today.”

Valente said, “It’s a great building, a town landmark and it does need work. It would be great for retail and maybe offices are a possibility. The heating plant is working and the taxes are a little under $40,000.”

On Saturday, April 5, Bayville Mayor Douglas G. Watson stood at the clock tower on Bayville Road and Ludlum Avenue to announce his bid for re-election, and introduced three trustees running for open spots on the Village Board.

Running along the Taxpayers Party of Bayville, Inc. line, the slate of candidates for trustee includes Kathryn Caulfield, Joseph Peniagua and Gregory Reisiger; each are seeking a four-year term. Watson is seeking re-election to a second four-year term.


Take nine Friends Academy faculty, almost 250 Upper School students and add in a bunch of criss-crossing yellow and orange dodgeballs and you have the makings of one of the largest Friends Academy fundraisers for the North Shore Sheltering Program in Glen Cove.

On Friday, March 28, the Upper School club W.A.T.C.H. (We Are The Community Helpers) sponsored one of the school’s largest dodgeball tournament ever. Reams of students paid $5 each for the potential honor of taking on the Faculty Team.

“All of the student teams wanted to play the faculty,” said WATCH advisor Judy James. “The event would not have been the same without the teachers. They really motivated the kids to come.”

COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally), a grief support organization for parents and families living with the loss of a child, will hold its eighth annual golf outing on May 19, at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich. More than 200 golfers and supporters are expected to attend COPE’s biggest event of the year, which raises 75 percent of the organization’s annual budget. The event brings together individuals, families and organizations to pay tribute to loved ones and honor supporters, and has raised more than $1 million from generous corporate and individual sponsors over the past seven years. For more information about the 2014 COPE Golf Outing, visit

This year’s COPE event will honor Michael Corpuel and the Corpuel and Brown families from Camp Wayne, the site of COPE-Camp Erin New York City, a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17. Michael Corpuel is also being honored separately for his unwavering dedication to COPE as a board member and adviser since the non-profit’s inception in 1999.


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