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Farmingdale School Board Approves Budget

Separate proposition will seek voter approval to use funds for building improvements.

The Farmingdale school board unanimously approved a budget Tuesday night of $150,567,160.

While the tax levy--the amount of funding a school district needs to raise through property taxes to balance its budget--will increase 2 percent, the budget itself increases just 1.82 percent, or $2,688,676.

The district will receive an infusion of $600,000 in preparation for future budgets after the shuffling of state funds available to schools announced in Albany last week.

Another $50,000 savings will be realized on pre-school special education because the Legislature overrode Gov.Cuomo's recommendation to require districts to cover those costs. In discussions of the budget before the vote Tuesday night, the district also cited savings on debt service bcause of its good Standard & Poor's rating of AA+.

In addition to the budget, voters will be asked to approve the use of $5,650,000 from capital reserves on several window and energy projects, including:

$3,077,110 for Howitt Middle School windows

$1,289,115 for Saltzman East Memorial windows

$1,281,525 for Albany Avenue windows

Revenue   Tax Levy $114,539,602 State Aid $25,247,558 Other Income $3,280,000 Fund balance/reserves $7,500,000 Total Revenue Budget $150,567,160 Appropriations Salaries $78,345,917 Employee Benefits $37,439,051 Other $34,782,192 Total Budget Before Required Reductions $150,567,160 Total Budget $150,567,160

A public hearing on the budget is set for May 8, with the public vote on May 15.

Helen April 05, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Hey - anyone on the quest for whether or not the budget info can be posted here? That would help so many people.....I really need to know that "other" line item - if I have to account in detail my expenses at the end of the year - so does the school - $35M is $35M.....
Helen April 06, 2012 at 12:02 AM
When you got it good, you got it good - and the poor get poorer.....this whole education system needs to be revamped - hey Cuomo - since you're revamping the police dept. for the future - wanna take a long hard look at the teachers on LI?
Pam Robinson April 06, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I just uploaded a budget document from the school district site. I don't know if it will answer all your questions but it has more detail.
Nicole April 08, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Middle school and high school teachers teach 5 periods a day, one period of supervision (study hall duty, lunch duty, hall duty), one period for lunch, one period for prep period and one professional period at which time the teacher is prepping for their next class, lessons and units, speaking with parents, fellow teachers, giving extra help, etc. bashing teachers is not the answer. the legislators that are handing down mandates that are unfunded are the problem.
Helen April 09, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Pam, sorry -- been away - will hop on over there.....thank you....

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