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Board of Education Adopts Second Consecutive One Percent Budget

Tax Levy Will Increase 0.66 Percent; Capital Project Referendum, Trustee Election Also on the Ballot

For the second consecutive year, the Board of Education will send to the voters a school budget with a one percent spending increase. The vote by the Board was 7-0 at its meeting on April 20.

The school district’s voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 18 to vote on the budget of $95,816,235, which increases spending over the current year by 1.12 percent. The Board had previously decided, at its meeting on April 8, to reduce the tax levy by applying $1 million in reserve funds. The increase in the tax levy is projected to be 0.66 percent.

School officials said that significant reductions were made to the proposed budget as a result of the contract agreement between the district and its teachers announced on March 18. 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, they added.  

“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,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Brenner. “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.”

Budget documents are posted on the Business and Finance page of the district website.

 “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 during the winter and spring are also posted.

Call 801-5030 for additional budget information, or visit the district’s website at www.roslyn schools.org.

 

Trustee Election, Ballot Measure

Voters will also elect two trustees to the Board of Education. Four individuals have filed petitions to be candidates (in ballot order): Kim Hunter, Stanley Stern, Elizabeth Kellogg and Bruce G. Valauri.

Voters will also be asked to vote on a special ballot measure, Proposition 3, which would authorize the Board of Education to expend $3 million from the Capital Reserve Fund for a continuation of the district’s ongoing capital improvement program. In 2007, voters authorized the Board of Education to establish a 10-year Capital Reserve Fund to address ongoing capital needs.

School district officials said that expenditures from the fund require voter approval. Proposition 3 will not increase taxes in the 2010-11 school year because these funds were previously set aside for this purpose. More information on Proposition 3 can be found on Page 6 of the budget newsletter that will be mailed to district residents and at www. roslynschools.org.    

Also on the ballot will be the Bryant Library’s 2010-11 budget (Proposition 2). For information on the Library budget, visit the library’s website at www.nassaulibrary.org/bryant or call the library at 621-2240.

Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Roslyn High School gymnasium. Residents must be registered to vote prior to the election. For voter information, call the District Clerk at 801-5002.

To vote in a school election, an individual must be:

1. A U.S. citizen

2. 18 years old by Election Day.

3. A resident in the Roslyn School District for at least 30 days by Election Day.

4. Registered to vote.

If you have not voted in a Roslyn School District election or general election within the last four years, or are a new resident and have not registered to vote with the Board of Elections, you must register in advance to vote in the election and budget vote which will take place on Tuesday, May 18.  No person shall be entitled to vote unless qualified to vote pursuant to law. Call the district clerk at 801-5002 for voter information.  

An Absentee Ballot application and instructions are available at the district’s web site, www.roslynschools.org/code/ absentee.htm.  Applications for ballots must be received by May 11 if by mail, by May 17 if delivered in person.  Call the District Clerk at 801-5002 for assistance.

 


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