On March 6, the Lynbrook Board of Education held its third and final budget work session to plan the proposed 2013-2014 district budget.
Interim Assistant to the Superintendent Warren Meierdiercks led the presentation, outlining a summary of expenditures and revenue and explaining the propositions on the ballot.
The proposed budget of $76,192,356 represents a budget increase of $1,723,660, or 2.3 percent. The proposed tax levy of $65,405,239 represents an increase of $981,573 or 1.52 percent, to meet the district’s maximum allowable tax levy under the state’s tax levy cap requirements. This is the district’s lowest tax levy increase in over a decade. The district was able to meet the tax levy limit for 2013-2014 through a combination of strict budgeting, cooperative labor negotiations, continued use of reserves and expiring debt.
The second proposition on the ballot will ask voters to authorize the use of $600,000from the technology replacement fund reserve to replace outdated switches in all buildings, expand network infrastructure in all buildings, update wireless infrastructure in all buildings, facilitate an off-site disaster recovery capability at Nassau BOCES and create an additional server infrastructure.
The third proposition on the ballot asks voters to authorize the used of $1,391,000 from the Capital Reserve and Renovation and Improvement of Facilities Funds to replace the gymnasium bleachers at North Middle School and replace the track, tennis courts,gymnasium bleachers, two interior doors and one exterior door at South Middle School.
Meierdiercks explained that the authorization of the use of reserve money will haveno impact on the tax levy.