Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
At the April 16 meeting of the Oyster Bay-E. Norwich School Board, I commented that the budget process was a disservice to the community due to not having the Preliminary Budget Draft available until the night of the budget adoption. The purpose of a Preliminary Budget is to compare figures from the prior year(s) and include the proposed figures. This draft should have been available in March to allow time for the school board and for the public to review before being adopted.
I also stated that a 3.84 percent increase to $53,504,111 for 1,650 students is out of line, which represents an additional $2 million increase from current year’s budget (2.68 percent). The annual increases have been $2 million every year over the past five years and every year the district has ended with a surplus of over $2 million. There are numerous areas where reductions can be made without affecting the students.
I feel the new candidates for the two seats on the school board — Harriet Dorfman and Jennifer Romeo — will bring new insight to issues facing the district.
The school budget vote is Tuesday, May 21.