On May 2, the Port Washington Board of Education convened its next-to-last meeting prior to the May 16 vote on the 2006-2007 budget for the district and the election of three board members.
The board and school administrators urged the citizenry of Port Washington to cautiously and prudently consider the issues. Voter participation was encouraged.
The board reiterated that the 2006-2007 school budget is $110,118,042, a 4.75 percent increase over last year's contingency budget of $105,124.62. The school board election involves three incumbents seeking re-election: Dr. Roy Nelson, Dean Nardone and Larry Greenstein.
The challengers are Peter Forman, Patrick Foye and Roger Lifson.
A proposal appears on the ballet calling for continuous voter registration processing at the office of the district clerk.
Board Member Larry Greenstein commented that the curriculum committee is considering the implementation of the International Baccalaureate curriculum at Schreiber High School. The IB is intended to supplement the Advanced Placement curriculum and to let more students participate in a rigorous set of college preparatory classes.
The proceedings included a presentation by the board's audit advisory committee.
The audit committee comprises three board members and six community members with expertise in accounting, auditing and financial controls.
The committee, which was organized in October, reported that it has met with the current external auditing firm to discuss the 2004-05 financial statement and management letter. Also, it has met with district administrators to discuss policies, procedures and function.
It has recommended that the board select an internal audit firm by July 1.
Internal auditors foster the application of sound business practices through independent examination and evaluation of current processes and internal controls and advise those responsible for them. External auditors look at many of the same issues, but their view may be more retrospective than the internal auditors'.