School Budget Passes, Nally and Leo Elected to the Board

Voters pass $80,832,817 budget.


Kings Park residents said yes to a  $80,832,817 budget by a margin of  67% in favor of the budget.

The approved budget is an increase of 2.49 percent over last year's budget. The 2012-2013 budget cuts 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.

Turnout was light, but steady at the polls with a total of 2,725 residents voting.  1840  voted yes and 885 no.

The tax rate applied to homeowners is anticipated to be an increase of 2.49 percent. Kings Park residents can, on average, expect to see about a $186.17 increase for the year on their tax bill, or about $15.51 monthly.

"Turnout was small but there was an overwhelming support of the budget, said District Superintendent Susan Agruso. "This indicated we created a good balance between students needs and taxpayers expectations."

Diane Nally and Charlie Leo will replace outgoing truestee Steve Weber and president Bill Motherway as members of the board of education.

Leo said he was "very happy with the outcome and glad the budget passed."

Nally, who won the most votes thanked the community for passing the budget and thanked her supporters.

"I look forward to serving the community," she said.

Candidate Votes Nally 1744 Leo 1467 Kelly 1285
Nick Viscomi May 16, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Excellent night for Kings Park schools with the budget passing and Congrats to Nally and Leo!! Wish them both well and i know they will serve the community well!
Joseph Weiss May 16, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Eventhough I no longer live in KP, I am pleased that the school budget pass. I am disappointed that out of a population of 16,000, that only 2800 voted.
John Vosseller May 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Very happy with the results. This will benefit all in Kings Park!
Kathleen Uhl May 16, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Happy the budget passed because our music department is the best ever & would hate to see it suffer. But even more happy my daughter is out of the schools as of June with the 2 that got elected into the board. Lord help KP schools!
Liberty May 16, 2012 at 02:54 PM
you should have run, I am positive that the Lord would have then blessed us! Stop being divisive and rally behind Leo and Nally and the rest of our Board.
Tina S. May 16, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I love the continuation of the negative comments about the newly elected board. I'm guessing there are many people who think they are "perfect" in KP. Since they were the only people who stepped up to the plate, and each seem like decent people, we should be supporting our board, not tearing them apart. If anyone doesn't like it and is so quick to criticize and feel our schools "need help" then I suggest that you run next year if you think you can do a better job.
Kathleen Murphy May 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Wouldn't it be nice to STOP the bickering & get on with the business of running a school district? The election is over, let's rally behind the new board & do what's right for the taxpayers' & students!
John from Kings Park May 16, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Yep, good luck with that. The names have changed, but the posturing & personal agendas will remain the same.
John from Kings Park May 16, 2012 at 08:08 PM
What's your major malfunction, Private Pyle?
Dan wagner May 16, 2012 at 08:12 PM
@kathleen if u hate both canidates and there were only three to chose from who did u want to win?
Kathleen Uhl May 21, 2012 at 04:40 PM
First off, I never said I "hated" anyone - especially the newly elected. Second, I have a right to my opinion just like everyone else does and it isn't being negative. I'm venting exactly what this forum is for. I just feel that the school board, as well as many other "elected" seats are based on not WHAT you know, but WHO you know. I've seen it happen time & time again. I truly wish them luck & would love for them to do what's best for all involved - especially the students. And I mean ALL the students. It's not going to be easy but I wish them luck.
mark zawol March 13, 2013 at 09:19 PM
I love the fact that some people at that school are losing their job.


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