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Lynbrook BOE Adopts 2012-13 Budget Proposal

Turf field would be installed at Marion Street Elementary School under plan.

 

After months of debate and presentation, the Lynbrook Board of Education adopted a budget for the 2012-13 school year during the final 2012 budget work session Wednesday night at

The $74,468,696 budget represents a $1,571,811 (or 2.156 percent) increase from the 2011-12 school year. The estimated tax levy is $64,423,666, or 2.34 percent. This falls below the maximum allowable tax levy imposed by New York State. Because of this, the district will only need a simple majority (51 percent) to pass the budget, according to a presentation by Assistant Superintendent for Business, Dr. Melissa Burak. 

The 2.156 percent increase represents the lowest increase since before the 2005-06 school year. In fact, budget increases have gone down in each of the last eight years, according to the presentation. 

Burak noted that, despite the overall increase, a majority of the districts expenditures are expected to decrease in 2012-13. Increases are shown in the salaries, benefits, and the interfund transfers section of the new budget, according to the presentation. 

The interfund transfers increase occurred due to bathroom renovations and an increase in funding for the school lunch program. Benefit increases include mandated health insurance increases and pension funding, according to Burak. 

Three additional propositions were revealed following the budget presentation. One of the propositions dealt with the issue of in the district, one that has recently among board members. 

The board voted to ask the community to approve a capital funding proposition that would include the installation of a turf field at Elementary School, movement of the baseball field to , athletic netting to place around the South Middle School “field oval”, movement of the South Middle School discus area, music rooms, elevator, IT storage, athletic locker rooms (or ‘team rooms’), field re-sodding and exterior restrooms at .

The proposed project would remove $5,550,000 from a capital reserve fund that currently contains $6.9 million, according to the board.

The netting around the “field oval” at South Middle School would give the district extra practice space for a district team, according to Superintendent Dr. Santo Barbarino.  

A plan previously proposed by Barbarino included a second turf field in the district. This plan would have removed $6,125,000 from the capital reserve funds. 

Board members expressed discomfort at the original proposal because of the potential replacement costs of two field turfs and the prospect of using up such a large majority of the capital reserve fund. 

The capital reserve fund can only be used for facility upgrade projects, according to the board.

Two other propositions will be up for a vote. The district will ask the public to approve a $98,000 expenditure from the technology replacement fund. That money would be used for server upgrades, printer and monitor upgrades, and the changeover of the high school art and technology lab to a Macintosh platform. The fund currently contains approximately $885,000, according to Burak.    

The final proposition up for a vote will be the extension of the technology replacement fund. If approved, this would extend the reserve expiration date to help offset some of the budget increases. As presently constituted, this reserve is scheduled to expire in June, according to Burak. 

The budget hearing is on May 2 and the budget vote is on May 15. 

Katzz3 March 23, 2012 at 06:56 PM
SW Barbarino took no raise this year and says he will retire next year.
Echo Deep March 24, 2012 at 02:11 AM
The turf field will be a constant issue year after year until we have one; it's not going away. Too bad. Our daughter hates playing lax on it- it's not natural, and the ball bounces higher. Maybe hold off on spending this money. We will need it in the future when the state yanks our STAR program and we can't afford our school taxes. It's just a matter of time.
Clutching ThePurse March 24, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Barbarino took no raise this year? Please tell me what part of that job constitutes a salary of more than $250K? The Vice President of the United States made $230,700 for heaven's sake. The 2010 census puts the population of the village of Lynbrook at 19,427. This budget represents an annual expense PER HUMAN (not household, not adult) of roughly $3,800 per year!! The salaries and benefits are totally unrealistic. There isn't one thing happening in the Lynbrook school system that warrants a $250K salary or anything close to $100K. Let's get real.
Jason March 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM
My wife and I, empty nesters can't take any more of this nonsense are putting our house up for sale moving to a nice area community in De. taxes and HOA fees (combined) are less than my school taxes alone?? Look around at how many baby boomer empty nesters have their homes for sale in Lynbrook and everywhere else in Nassau and Suffolk. Consider all these homes selling to many who will have children, prime for beginning school ,no way will the 2% CAP survive. Look for teacher layoffs just like Freeport. Teachers there voted down a salary freeze,unconcerned with their comrades layoffs?? Get the picture where the problem lies?? Coumo,Mangano,Skelos wake up and smell the coffee before bankrupcy?
Echo Deep March 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM
While it's true the money can only be used for facility upgrades, the turf field is expensive and unneccessary. Maybe funding can be minimalized to allow more money to go into education. When I sell my house because I can't afford to live here anymore, I will make sure my real estate listing notes a "turf field" at Marion St. Yeah, that will be the selling point! We are overtaxed...bottom line.

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