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Malverne School District Surveys Taxpayers on 2013-14 Budget

Residents urged to participate in brief survey as district prepares to craft budget.

It's almost that time of the year again. 

No, we're not referring to the approaching holidays, but rather school budget season. 

As the Malverne Union Free School District prepares to begin discussions on crafting the 2013-2014 budget, it's asking all community members to participate in a brief online survey.

The district explains:

This survey will provide the Board of Education and administration feedback on what is most important to taxpayers as we begin the budget process.

The survey can be found on the district's Web site (www.malverne.k12.ny.us) or by clicking here. It will be accessible through the end of November.

The questions ask residents to rank the importance of various aspects of the district including art, music and library instruction in the elementary schools, buildings and grounds maintenance, clubs, electives, college-level and AP courses, athletics, maintaining class sizes, and incorporating technology in classrooms.

The survey also gauges residents' views on whether or not the district should exercise the option to create new fees or increase existing ones for certain services to raise revenue.

While the survey is anonymous, it does seek to acquire broad information about the responders including whether or not they have children who attend the schools, whether they have voted in past elections and what motivates them to hit the polls.

The survey results will be used as talking points for the district’s Budget Forum, which will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Howard T. Herber Middle School auditorium.

School officials "urge all residents to participate in the survey regardless of whether they can be present for the forum."

Mickey K November 15, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Anyone can take the survey - you dont even have to be in Malverne. Take it for fun and help decide the future of Malverne
Larry November 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I think the School Board is doing a great thing by asking for feedback from the community in this manner. However, there seems to be an omission from the survey that would greatly affect scoring. That issue being school district administrative/adminstrator expenses. I believe if we had an opportunity to weigh this issue in the survey, results would be very different and perhaps more reflective of the district residents priorities.

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