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Board of Ed Adopts School Budget

Residents will vote to approve or reject on May 15.

Kings Park residents will vote on May 15 whether or not to approve the $80,832,817 budget that was unanimously adopted by the Board of Education Tuesday evening.

The 2012-13 budget is a 2.18 percent increase over the current budget with a tax levy increase of 2.49 percent, which superintendent Susan Agruso, said would result in an anticipated tax rate increase of 2.49 percent as well.

The district received good news this week in the form of a state aid increase of $410,955. That money was used to restore 3.8 teaching positions, including one in grade six and two in grade five. Additionally, the district was able to restore a clerk typist position.

Cuts due to the budget include 4.7 teaching positions, and several non-teaching positions including a mechanic, two custodians, five aides, and one maintenance position.

The consolidation of bus routes will result in the loss of four bus drivers, three of who are retiring.

Kings Park residents can, on average expect to see about a $186.17 increase for the year or about $15.51 monthly.

If the budget does not pass the board has the opportunity to present the same budget again or make changes to the proposed budget and put it out again for a public vote. If the budget were voted down again, a contingent budget would be put into place.

According to Phil Kenter, assistant superintendent for finance, if a contingent budget must be adopted for the next year, that budget must result in a tax levy no greater than the tax levy this year, which means a zero percent increase in the levy.

To see a PDF of the entire budget, visit the photo gallery of this story.

Cut Government In Half April 07, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Small Businesses are the backbone of America. Not Unions. You might want to look who creates the jobs in this country.
Daniel Tobias April 07, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Tricia, In the two years of transporting my special needs child via Huntington Buses we went thru 4 permanent drivers and matrons and I don't know how many temps of each when they called in sick. Because you know them as reputable state licensed businesses, and they very well may be, doesnt make me feel any safer sending the school children of Kings Park with them especially the children with special needs. I feel academic's and the safe tranportation to and from that teaching institution should be the priority of the school district. I don't see transportation being any safer if it's contracted out, not even for the out of district buses and safety costs money. Don't put a price on any of our childrens safety!
Daniel Tobias April 10, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Tricia, It is apparent to me that you do not have a problem with contracting out our children's transportation because you believe it is as safe for the children as our current privately run system. I, on the other hand, don't think it's as safe. As you know, most of the school districts transportation employees are K.P. residents who have a vested interest in our community and our childrens safety(priceless). The number of K.P. residents that work for Huntington or Roy Davis is a small fraction of their staff. My last comment is aimed at anyone that thinks contracted bus companies are safer, not as safe but safer. Huntington, Roy Davis, or any other bus companies priority is making money from the transportation of our children. The school district's priority is the safe transportation of the children. Would you at least agree that safety, at any price, is paramount and that if contract buses are just as safe as our own, you would rather keep Kings Park residents off the unemployment lines?
Daniel Tobias April 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Tricia, I need you to clarify something for me. You just stated that " some children, for a host of reasons, do need transportation out of district, and must be transported by contract buses. It's a necessity". Why MUST they be transported by contract buses? Why MUST we take our special needs children out of K.P. buses, which are transporting them now, and put them into contract buses? It's been working so far so why change, other than for financial reasons?
Denise April 16, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Lot of opinions.........Children first its that's simple.....don't need to hear all the other nonsence....


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