budget-to-budget increase for the approximate $55.6 million budget is
0.88 percent. Superintendent John Hogan also said that the district is at its tax cap limit
of 3.55 percent.
always want to share with everybody that what has been portrayed as a 2
percent tax cap is, in fact, a misnomer,” Hogan said. “I don’t know if
there is any school district in Nassau County, never mind Suffolk or
even throughout the state, that actually is at 2 percent.”
are allowed to build back in, as I like to put it, certain expenses
whether they be capital projects or those sorts of things that allow us
to go out a little bit above 2 percent,” he added.
Hogan went into detail about how the budget would affect the district’s staffing. The budget includes the restoration of two secondary teaching positions and one elementary teaching position.
budget also increases the reading teacher at Chestnut Street School
from a part-time job into a full-time position, while blending the CPSE
chair and part-time psychologist positions into one full-time position
to pair with the psychologist they already have. By doing this, the
district will save around $50,000.
special education teacher for the district’s Rising Stars Program for
autistic students will be included in the budget. West Hempstead will be
returning four special education students in kindergarten and first
are very excited about bringing these little ones back,” Hogan said.
“They are our students. They are our children. They belong in our
district and we believe that we can provide a quality program here in
expenditures of $400,000 are in the budget to perform roofing and
masonry work on West Hempstead High School. In the event that any money
is leftover from these projects, the surplus will be used to fund
improvement projects throughout the school district.
buildings are worth a substantial amount of money,” Hogan said. “They
are, in many ways, the largest investment our community members have
here in West Hempstead, so we have an obligation to make sure that we
maintain our facilities as we move forward.”
The budget vote will take place on May 21 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the West Hempstead Middle School gymnasium.