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BOE Seeks More Community Input On School Budget

On-line survey covering a variety of issues will be live Friday on school district's website.

The West Islip Board of Education will be seeking community input on how it should work to close a nearly $2 million gap seen in the initial 2013-14 draft budget presented last week by Superintendent Richard Simon.

On Friday, a survey will go live on the school district’s website that will ask local residents for their thoughts on various issues that may help trustees and administrators finalize a proposed budget by the mid-April deadline. Once live, the survey will run until March 17.

While specifics on questions in the survey were not shared publicly at Wednesday second budget work session at Beach Street Middle School, board members and Simon did provide some insight as to what topics will be covered.

Those topics include:
• questions about program and service modifications
• maintaining a nine period day vs. an eight period day at the middle school level
• class sizes
• questions about the International Baccalaureate program
• use of reserve funds in the 2013-14 budget
• reducing the number of instructional days through a furlough

Results of the survey will be made public at the next budget work session scheduled for March 20 at Beach Street.

Editor’s note: Patch will update readers on Friday when the survey goes live on the school district’s website.

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hello March 08, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I went to answer the survey, however one of the last questions on the get this unbiased survey was asking how much we are willing to increase the budget? I stopped, I could not continue unless I agreed to PAY UP??? why isn't there a answer selection that states I DON'T AGREE TO ANY INCREASE IN THE BUDGET ??????. If you want a survey to reflect the communities true opinion, apply your questions for an unbiased result. That is what my professors insisted upon when I was enrolled in a class that requires pure statistical analysis. This survey should never be used for the BOE discussion process, last survey question WHO WROTE THIS???
KAREN March 08, 2013 at 05:44 PM
STOP WITH THAT RIDICULOUS SURVEY. VERY VERY SIMPLE SOLUTION. CUT YES DID U HEAR BOE CUT THE ADMN STAFF .PROBLEM SOLVED. FOR NOW
Thomas Duignan March 09, 2013 at 12:28 AM
When homeowners cannot sustain their standard of living, they either move or cut out the luxuries. Don't let the BOE start us fighting among ourselves about which programs to cut. WE ARE BROKE! They would love to keep us in the forest so we can't see the trees. Step out of the program cutting bickering and just tell them they are not getting anymore money. The law says two per cent cap. Obey the law. If the staff doesn't like it, then they can move. When they see the salaries down south, they be right back asking for their jobs.
Jenny Jones March 09, 2013 at 08:00 PM
That preschool to cheap of lease is at Westbrook? The larger school they closed, big fat conflict of interest. Really more like criminal and should be taken to court. NY State needs to be advised and act on this.
Bill March 24, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I took the survey and gave examples of how to trim the budget. I am in the insurance industry. When it comes to employee medical plans, How many spouses are enrolled in the WI school plan where they are offered coverage through their own employer but elect to join the WI plan because the coverage is more affordable and better. We are advising our clients to insist that couples/families where both spouses can obtain coverage through their respective employers enroll with their employers. If an employee who declines coverage through their employer wants to enroll in the WI plan with his spouse, then that spouse is charged a surcharge. Also, the "Empire Plan" is very outdated and the district should look at other most cost effective options. I brought this subject up several years ago and it was ignored, now as everyone can see, it's becoming a much larger costly problem.

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