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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 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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