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First School Budget Work Session Set For Wednesday

West Islip residents get an opportunity to gather information about the school district's plans for the 2013-14 school year.

With February quickly coming to a close, West Islip residents will have their first opportunity to gather information about the school district’s budget for the 2013-14 school year.

The board of education’s first budget work session is Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. at the Beach Street Middle School cafeteria. A regularly scheduled BOE planning session will be held immediately following the budget meeting.

Four other budget work sessions are planned and all will be held at the Beach Street cafeteria.

• Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

• Monday, April 8, 7:30 p.m.

Board of education trustees will adopt the budget on Wednesday, April 17, at an 8 p.m. meeting scheduled to be held at the high school. A public budget hearing and final voter registration will be held Tuesday, May 14, at the high school. The budget hearing is set for 7:30 p.m. and voter registration will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the high school lobby.

Voters will head to the polls on Super Tuesday, May 21, to cast their ballots on the budget as well as three positions on the board of education. This year the seats held by board vice president Annmarie LaRosa, George Smith and Scott Brady are up for election.

betski February 26, 2013 at 08:55 PM
For those of us who have not had raises/promotions because the economy has been down for the last 6 years i am asking the Board of Ed to take our community and its people into consideration when voting on a budget. specifically when it comes to spending and salaries. We can sure use a break when it comes to our taxes......if we could cut spending, i for one would be grateful......
Michele February 26, 2013 at 09:31 PM
How about we cut some of our spending on the sports programs. I know how valuable sports are to an education, but if there is a choice between educational products or sports equipment....I for one would choose the education. Our children will just have to play sports on the outside. It just seems to me that some people are making choices based on the sports programs and forgetting about the academics.
wiseol'owl February 27, 2013 at 01:38 AM
It's sad that once again during budget season we have community members speaking of financial struggles and suggestions of once again cutting sports programs yet only a few short months ago the BOE thought it a good idea to give $14,000 stipends and 3% raises to asst superintendents. By doing so our generous BOE gave approx. $23,000 to our asst. superintendents. and dealt out other various raises and stipends throughout District Office personnel. When was the last time the majority of residents in our community recieved that type of generousity from their employeers????? And the sell "they had to take on more work". Well don't we all????? Please remember these types of events when voting in May!! This was all done after 2 incumbents successfully returned to their BOE seats. The community cannot afford these types of choices again and again year after year. We close schools or sacrifice programs, lease space, make deals with auto dealerships then give away the bank to adminstrators so at the end of the day our taxes go up and our students see no gain to their educations. Come what May- Changes need to be made.
West Islip Resident February 27, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I have a question, why with 2 less schools, enrolment at an all time low do we need a Superintendant and 2 assistant superintendents' to run this district? I mean talk about top heavy. They have so many people in general overseeing god knows what that it's no wonder nothing gets done. I think the tax payers should tell the BOE you're fired along with all of these over paid managing educators. Our schools look as run down as the town they sit in, sorry but has anyone looked at our surrounding towns and their schools, hell Bay shore looks like a university campus and the rest aren't far off.
wiseol'owl February 27, 2013 at 02:05 PM
The amount of adminstration was actually brought more proportionally in line with the needs of the district this past budget. 1 superintendent for schools, 1 asst. for business and human resources and 1 asst. for curriculum is within reason. What is out of line is that each adminstrator receives a salary upward of $150,000. A salary which above the median Long Island income and should be substantial enough to cover any and all job responsiblilites assigned by the district. In other words 3 % raises are not automatic and $14,000 stipends are totally uncalled for! One thing I will say is I've noticed stipends for adminstrators in district office yet the ES building principals took on more staff, more students, more responsibilities due to state required staff evaluations and had to make all necessary adjustments due to the BOE deciding to close 2 buildings, but I don't recall seeing a huge increase in salary, stipends or even asst. principals like in the middle schools(given that most ES now have just as many students.) And don't think for a second I'm rallying for the principals to receive more I'm just acknowledging that they are living the new "american dream" - " do more, live on less". Shouldn't the superintendent and his staff finally learn to do the same?? Shouldn't our BOE stand up for the community and teach them that lesson? If they don't like it by all means with 8% unemployement and 2% state tax cap the adminstators are certainly welcome to seek more elsewhere.
rosie girl April 09, 2013 at 01:37 PM
i think the issue is not the sport since they're always looking to cut them the problem is the teachers and their union. we have to meet their need first. the kids get nothing but the teachers don't pay for ins, and they never lose money in their retirement funds

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