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Board of Ed: Budget Cuts Will Mean Bigger Class Sizes

Trustees say current programs should stay in place; staff will need to be cut.

This story was published on May 3, 2013.
The Kings Park Board of Education continues to grapple with trying to close an approximately $2 million budget gap and on Tuesday evening said there is no easy solution.

The second draft budget, which was presented at the Tuesday meeting, shows a budget-to-budget increase of 4.19 percent, and a projected shortfall of  $2,056,151, with a tax levy of 3.5 percent. Eighteen teachers are expected to be excised if aid lost from the state is not recovered.

Kings Park resident, Dennis Young asked each board member what their solution was to close the budget gap. All agreed there was no easy solution and that class sizes would have to increase.

“We are looking at everything,” said board Vice President Liz Barrett. “We don’t have a definite answer right now. We are going through it line by line.”

 Much of the budget is already set, said trustee Charlie Leo, with more than half attributed to salary, benefits and retirement. “We are going to have to raise class sizes,” said Leo. Trustee Tom Locascio said staff would have to be laid off. “We are waiting for a few of the pieces to drop to get clarity and we are waiting on state aid,” said Locascio.

Updated state aid numbers are expected in April. Negotiations with the Kings Park Classroom Teachers Association are ongoing and have reached super conciliation where another neutral party is chosen as negotiator. Both sides met last Wednesday evening. An agreement has not yet been met, but board president Marie Goldstein said progress was being made. 

“We are in negotiations,” said Marie Goldstein.  “We have wonderful teachers. We are making progress and we are hopeful.” The next and final budget workshop will be held Saturday, April 6. Adoption of the budget will be at the April 16 board of education meeting. Click here for the most recent draft of the 2013-14 Kings Park school budget _________________________________________________________________ Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like these everyday delivered right to your inbox or smartphone. Everyday. Sign up for our free newsletter. Get Kings Park news on Facebook
John K Massaro March 21, 2013 at 01:30 PM
Bottom line : It's time for Ms Barrett to fess up & step down for the benefit of the community & the respect of the school board. This woman is a blemish on an otherwise upstanding school district & her guilt is becoming more & more evident with every passing day. This fundraiser they held in her name was a farce! Mike, I'm sorry I missed the pics before they were taken down, they would have been posted to my Facebook page immediately. It's time the community puts an end to this & moves on for the sake of the students & the district.
John K Massaro March 21, 2013 at 01:35 PM
I'm behind you 150%, Annmarie. I find it disgraceful that this woman would pull a stunt like this on the very students & community she is supposed to be serving. If she cared one bit about her position & not her own personal agenda, she would see the trouble she is causing & step down immediately...
mary wellbourne March 21, 2013 at 02:42 PM
great idea after reading the health violations at key food--
mary wellbourne March 21, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Hey John elections will be coming up soon--Vote-Oh yeah you can't you don't live in Kings Park but if you decide to come back, by a house from trish aka Annmarie D.or aka MikeinKP. All the same person with that personality disorder.
John K Massaro March 21, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Actually, I CAN vote in KP. Don't pretend like you know my deal or where I live. You don't. And here's another newsflash for you, smartass. Neither of those posters are Trish. Your ignorance deserves pity...
mary wellbourne March 21, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Crookhaven?
sally pruslow March 21, 2013 at 09:07 PM
sally pruslow Mike who ever you may be this is a very ridiculous statement. Fed monies and financial aid???? are in jeopardy is insane. This was an event, not a fund raiser. In order to be a fund raiser you need to have a tax id no. and anyone can have event for anyone for any reason. We do live in the USA... Your statments can be seen as a smear and fear tatic to try to scare the community at budget time. I do agree this has gone on to long. The BOE made a statement about the situation, why don't you foil that and print that... Please for the children of this district and their education could we let this go. No one is going to gain from keeping this dialogue going. Another thought , run for the BOE and replace her.
KPLifer March 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM
It is amazing that he doesnt comment on the school district that his child attends. He does have many slanderous comments about the district his brother lives in. He can only dish it, the troll of all trolls can not take it....
Brenda Hetterich March 22, 2013 at 02:39 AM
both Gary and I have had many jobs for your info and we can say things because we have the most experience in the job unlike you , we take pride in our experience in the bus garage and we both are second generation so their,and we have the best record unlike you
Brian M Clancy March 22, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Hearing that you are "second generation" explains how someone with your charming personality got the job in the first place.
Monica March 23, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Well, this was one of the most harsh commentaries that I have ever read in regards to the job position at the bus depot. Brian, I will say that I am quite shocked at your demeanor in this article. There is a right way and a wrong way to get your point across and I feel that you really did not think before you wrote. Please get all of your information together Before posting in the future. As far as Brenda: she is correct that certain things should NOT and can not be brought up in regards to why people did not get the job in the 1st job opening or 2nd job opening. Everyone has a personal file and things in that file should be kept private. That being said... One that lives in a glass house - SHOULD NOT throw stones.
Monica March 23, 2013 at 01:19 PM
I feel great compassion for my fellow co-worker with his overwhelming health issues... I know MANY drivers that have many MAJOR issues in their lives and show up to work and smile for their kids and get the job done... Just some of us don't run around telling everyone to get sympathy in order to make us better than others. I LOVE TONY! I am in the process of even helping him with some of his situation... I wish I could help more than I already am - but unfortunately I am unable. I just wish that this entire bullying episode will stop. I would like to add that I do work in the Real Estate industry as a 2nd job. I know that the times are tough out there... So - PLEASE do NOT make a comment in regards to how I only know about being a bus driver... You and I really don't know each other that well at all - except for some brief encounters. I am just asking you to stop the harassment and stop the abuse. I hope that you find a career that benefits you and your family. I hope that you would only wish the same for me and others. Thank you.
Sue Mc March 24, 2013 at 06:20 PM
It is a shame that everyone is saying things about that bus driver who has all of those problems. It is the talk of Kings Park and now especially, since he was falsely accused of harassing and using profanity at the other driver . Before they even asked her about it. I hope he gets a lawyer and get things right for him, especially being discriminated and defamation of character. He does have a good case.
Lucia d'notzo March 28, 2013 at 05:23 AM
Hope the "fundraisee" claims this windfall as income since its not a fundraiser without a "tax id#"!
Stevo March 28, 2013 at 01:24 PM
I hope everyone who attended writes off what they spent as a donation to charity.
sally pruslow March 28, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Sally Pruslow Stevo you can't write it off as a charity donation because there is NO TAX ID.... IT WAS AN EVENT TO HELP SOMEONE...NOT A CHARITY FUNDRAISER.... Let's set the record straight!!
Stevo March 28, 2013 at 02:06 PM
It was sarcasm!
unknownauthor March 28, 2013 at 05:11 PM
To Ms. Preslow >did you not see the flier posted by its organizers and others? It reads: FUNDRAISER. That Sets the record straight. You don't need to attempt to mislead.
sally pruslow March 29, 2013 at 08:36 PM
sally pruslow Mike it would be nice if you spelled my name right. It's not made up.....unlike your own! You can call it what you want but without a tax id# it is not a deductable item. Also Mike you made some outrageous statements about losing dist. funding in another post I was hoping to have you explain it... Or maybe a site where you found this info so we could foil that also. On second thought maybe you could put it on line for our perusal I doubt that it would disappear.
Sue Mc April 02, 2013 at 08:48 PM
It is a shame that some people need attention by fabricating stories, Like one bus driver said she was harassed by a man In a car while walking her dog about her new job status. She managed to tell everyone at the bus yard but not tell her husband. Chit chat is that some of the drivers think the story was made up so she gets attention like in the past. Shame Shame on here how can she look at herself in the mirror. She should seek Medical help.
Brenda Hetterich April 06, 2013 at 04:53 AM
well well Sue Mc guess you are one of those people that like to start shit, HOW OLD ARE YOU?MAYBE YOU SHOULD LOOK IN THE MIRROR, AND YOU REALLY NEED TO STAY OUT OF OTHER PEOPLS BUSSINESS, GET A LIFE,
Stevo April 06, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Keep it classy Brenda!
Brian M Clancy April 08, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Wow, someone managed to use Brenda and classy in the same sentence
holly April 08, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Wow Brian, that's a really mean spirited thing to say about someone . Kind of lose credibility where YOU are concerned after making a comment like that . Not nice at all..
John K Massaro April 08, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Yet the word "FUNDRAISER" was plastered all over the posters. In fact, the first two words on the poster was "COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER" Makes one ask a few questions, How legitimate is the "Liz Barrett Legal Defense Fund"? With no Tax ID, are they claiming this money & paying the appropriate taxes? Who's to say this money even made it to where it was destined & not just ended up in Ms. Barrett's pocket? As a "Legal Defense Fund", shouldn't there be some sort of paper trail or proof that the hard-earned money "donated" to this woman is going where it's supposed to be going? If you ask me, this whole thing reeks of under-handedness. Although, I wouldn't expect anything less from Ms. Barrett to begin with...
John K Massaro April 08, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Sally is one of those "if-you-don't-agree-with-me-then-you-must-be-a-made-up-profile-designed-to-not-agree-with-me" people...
sally pruslow April 08, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Sally Pruslow John not at all. Everyone has an opinion and they have the right to express it. However, people often use assumed names so they can bully, spread inappropiate statements and often twisted truths that be damaging. Like your self you weren't using you real name but you changed. Right. Again if you need to express your self fine but to hide behind madeup ID's is lame. If you believe in what you are saying and you are being truthful why hide.........
John K Massaro April 08, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I'll agree 150% with that, Sally...
Brenda Hetterich April 08, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Not nice Brian. A least I have class unlike you who can spread stuff on line and who doesnot even say a word at the board meeting . You are a Bullie and need to stop . I will and always stand up to bullies
An outside observer May 04, 2013 at 11:22 PM
Seriously the grammar and spelling in the above posts is atrocious. I seriously hope you are all bus drivers and not teachers etc. I blame the schools. Business w/ extra s, "bullie" really WTF?

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