Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
The Carle Place Board of Education adopted their budget of $47,579,305 last week. The budget calls for a 2 percent tax levy increase, which is below the calculated tax levy limit of 3.08 percent. While they will be able to keep nearly all programs and services, the district is cutting 12 part-time teacher aide positions and the Foreign Language at the Elementary School (FLES) program.
“The Board of Education and the administrative team worked with input from our entire community to strike a balance between our mission to provide an excellent education for our students and our responsibility to be sensitive to the ability of our community to provide support. This budget meets that goal. While we recognize that reductions in staff are painful, we hope to mitigate the losses through attrition so that the smallest number of active staff members will lose their positions,” Superintendent David Flatley said.
Flatley says that the teacher aides positions will be taken care of by attrition and as people retire or leave to work someplace else, they just won’t be replaced.
“Those people do excellent work for us, but in terms of instructional programs for our students, while we’re not happy to reduce those people, it won’t be a huge impact for our instructional program,” Flatley said.
The public budget vote is May 21. If it is not passed, it will float a second time, with either the same budget or modified. If the second budget is defeated, then the school district is required to go to a contingency plan, which means a zero percent increase, which would require the district to make an additional $800,000 worth of cuts.