Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00
The Roslyn School District Board of Education and administrators presented a revised 2010-11 school budget on March 25 that, according to school district officials, was reduced significantly from the original draft budget that has been under review since February.
The budget-to-budget increase currently stands at 1.2 percent, compared to a nearly 4 percent increase in the first draft of the budget. District officials emphasized that the budget is still a work in progress, and that further modifications are possible before final adoption by the Board, which is anticipated to be on April 8.
The recent reductions are primarily the result of the contract agreement reached by the district and its teachers that was announced on March 18 and reported on in last week’s issue of The Roslyn News. A zero percent increase in the teacher salary schedule in 2010-11 and a larger contribution by teachers for health insurance premiums are among the major provisions of the new agreement that will yield savings in next year’s budget, district officials claim.
“We will continue to work towards a budget for next year that is reflective of the current economic reality,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Brenner. “I am pleased that we have been able to control expenditures in significant ways without adversely affecting our educational program or any of the recent initiatives that have been implemented in the district. I am also very proud of the work that has gone into presenting a budget that will have one of the lowest increases in the county.”
Revised budget documents have been posted on the Business and Finance page of the district website - Roslynschools.org.
“We are using technology to make the budget process open to anyone in the community who wishes to review the progress we are making in controlling costs,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Joseph C. Dragone. “Not only are we able to provide many different views of the proposed budget, but we are able to make this information readily available to taxpayers.” All of the presentations made at the Board’s budget review meetings are also posted on the school’s website.