Proposed 2001-2002 Budget for PW Public Schools Totals Approximately $80.77 Million
At the March 27 work session and public hearing on the proposed 2001-2002 school district budget, the Board of Education heard public commentary, discussed the merits and drawbacks of potential cuts, and ultimately added a few items back into the proposed budget, most notably, continuation of the current Driver Education program at Schreiber H.S. At the end of the meeting, the first of two public hearings on the budget, the total for the proposed 2001-2002 budget stood at $80,773,334, according to an Administration spokesperson. From an earlier proposed budget, cuts totaling $2,569,755 were made, but the new total is still an increase of 8.79% over last year's budget. The school board will hold a vote to adopt the budget at its Tuesday, April 3 meeting. Other topics were reviewed at this meeting as well; they will be covered in next week's issue.
Library's Proposed 2001-02 Budget
The Port Washington Public Library's proposed 2001-2002 budget amounts to $4,942,086, up $229,847 from the current year's budget of $4,712,239. As they did last year, the library officials applied $100,000 of the fund balance to keep the tax increase as low as possible. The increase in the tax levy is 4.96 percent. This represents a jump of .11 cents from last year's tax rate of $3.48, to $3.59, per $100 of assessed valuation. (Note: this is not the market value of the home.)
On The Bay
On Sunday, April 1, the weather must have been playing an April fool's joke on all the sailors and race committee members. Even though the calendar tells us it is springtime, and the first day of Daylight Saving Time, the weather was incredibly cold on Manhasset Bay. That did not stop seven hardy teams of frostbiters, who were on the starting line in spite of the overcast sky, and the damp conditions that chilled to the bone. Six races were completed and one crew race. The results: 1. Pedro Lorson/Mimi Berry (#536), 2. Ted Toombs/Mark Cornachio, and 3. John Browning/Louise Browning (#531). Mimi Berry won the crew race.
Many of Port's teams were out of action this past weekend due to the inclement weather. However, the Port Vipers (U11) and Port Thunder dueled in a second round Waldbaum's Cup game Sunday. Possession and pressure seesawed back and forth throughout the first half with both teams playing well on both ends. Toward the close of the first half Vipers' Sam Glickman broke the tie with a hard-earned goal. In the second half Jack Nick led the Thunder's attack but they were unable to get the ball past Vipers' goalie Nick Balterman. Will Rizzo of the Vipers played well at both ends of the field, helping to thwart the Thunder attack and keying the offense. Harry Roberts scored two second half goals for the Vipers as they finished winning 3-0.
Opposed to Senior Housing, Proposal
Upset With Disciplinary Action Taken by School, Parents