Board of Ed Adopts Budget at Meeting

The proposed 2012-2013 budget was adopted at the April 19 regular monthly meeting of the East Islip Board of Education. The motion to adopt passed 4-1.

Citing the principle of local control, Board President Glenn Reed affirmed that the East Islip community would be given the choice to vote on a budget that pierces the tax levy cap established by New York State's new law, but maintains the educational programs that the community has indicated are crucial. Reed emphasized that three key items had been restored from the pared-down tax cap budget– all athletics (varsity, JV and middle school), the complete music program, full-day kindergarten. The budget would also restore 9-period days at the high school and middle school, extracurricular clubs and two out of seven teacher assistants in the elementary computer labs. However, 15 staff positions would still be eliminated, something Reed said the Board did not take lightly.

The proposed budget of $107,648,004 reflects an increase of $3,718,365 or 3.58 percent. The estimate tax levy for 2012-2013 would be $68,451,313, an increase of 5.94 percent.

In other business, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel Alise Becker-Santa noted a policy revision to the district’s Code of Conduct, in order to bring it into compliance with the state’s 2010 Dignity for All Students Act, and introduced a new 2012-2015 technology plan for the district. Superintendent of Schools John J. Finello thanked Board President Reed and trustee Joseph G. Sargent for their diligent work in previewing the technology plan.

Several community members, including SEPTA representative and PTA Council President Bonnie Buckley and eiMAPS founder Lex Konnerth, addressed the Board in regards to the adopted budget.

The next monthly Board of Education meeting will take place at 8 p.m. on May 15, 2012, the day the budget is voted on by the public.

The next Board of Education meeting will occur on May 8, 2012 at 7 p.m. for the budget hearing. The next regular monthly Board meeting will take place at 8 p.m. on May 15, the day of the budget vote.