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Agruso: Budget Passed Two to One

Superintendent says budget passed with record number.

The 2012-2013-school budget passed by one of the highest margins ever achieved by the district, according to school superintendent Susan Agruso.

The favorable result, 67.5 percent voted yes, was a topic at Wednesday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting where Agruso thanked those who voted yes.

“Thank all of you. The budget passed two to one. One of the highest we ever achieved,” said Agruso.

Agruso said after the vote that the positive outcome indicated, “we created a good balance between students needs and taxpayers expectations.”

Other districts didn’t fare as well. Residents of the to pierce the state cap and managed to garner only a 54 percent approval.  getting 58.7 percent of the yes ballots, only 33 individual votes shy of the needed 60 percent super-majority.

“It’s a very impressive number,” said chamber president, Charlie Gardner. “It speaks volume about the board of education. They represent us very well.”

John from Kings Park May 16, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Yep, school budget passed so Lazy Susan over here can spend sixty THOUSAND dollars on what's essentially a tool shed posing as a press box. Think of the dozens of other IMPORTANT things that money could be used for within the school district.
Guilianna May 16, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Thank you Dr. Agrusso and the KP BOE for your hard work on the school budget for the 2011-2012 school year. It is clear that you are an administrator and boe that put children first. Job Well Done.
KPLifer May 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM
John. Mind your business, you don't even live in the district. Although someone on a public list does with the same last name.....
new guy May 17, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Ouch!
John from Kings Park May 17, 2012 at 02:25 AM
My entire family lives in KP, I'll be back in KP before my son starts Junior High, so therefore IT IS MY BUSINESS.
John from Kings Park May 17, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Here, I'll save you from beating around the bush. http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/SomsSUBDirectory/offenderDetails.jsp?offenderid=14003 There, you feel better? You think that means anything to me? You think you're hitting below the belt or something? I haven't spoken to him since 1989. You're a smug, bitter hateful little man, aren't you? And on top of that, you're apparantly a stalker.
new guy May 17, 2012 at 02:38 AM
John, in all fairness I agree the above comment that you responded to was a hit below the belt. You certainly can't be responsible for your brothers actions. That being said you come you come on a public forum using your last name and you do sometimes smack the bees nest with your comments. I as a parent in K.P. Have been fully aware of your brothers actions a long time ago. I regularly check the predator web sites. So stalking might a little harsh comment for the person who posted above. You obviously struck a nerve with that poster and it looks like he/she got a good rise out of you. Move on and don't let it fester with you.
John from Kings Park May 17, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I won't. But it's not the first time this guy has thrown that up in my face. I can't & shouldn't be held accountable for what my idiot brother idiot did with his life. there's a reason why I haven't spoken to him in almost 25 yrs... I apologize if I get a little mouthy in here sometimes & it may sound cliche, but I really love & miss my old hometown & I can't wait to get back. It annoys me sometimes, the things that I hear are going on & I get a little over-passionate. Please don't take it as hate... Thank you, Hometown. You're alright in my book...
KP LIslander May 18, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Argruso shouldn't sound so surprised about the overwhelming support of the % budget increase this year. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that people do want wants best for the kids at a reasonable, affordable price, and rightly so. 3-5% budget increases used to be the norm back in the mid and late 90s. Then from somewhere around 2001-2003 time frame, all of a sudden somehow 6-8% became the new norm, as if there was nothing wrong with that. An underlying context to this is the fact that people are just plain sick & tired, year in and year out, of the having the whole notion of escalating pension & healthcare costs be shoved in taxpayers faces,and for taxpayers to somehow be erroneously viewed as some unending source of revenue. In these economic times it is incumbent upon the school board to ensure making it a point to have a strong resolve and firm backbone in contract negotiations with unions.

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