2014-2015 Proposed School Budget

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    manhassetschoolOn Wednesday, April 9, Manhasset Board of Education approved a preliminary working budget proposal totals $87,933,150.

    The preliminary working budget increase is at Manhasset’s tax levy cap of 1.84%. Key highlights to the preliminary working budget includes:

    • Most Elementary classes within class size guidelines
    • More moderate class sizes in most secondary school core instructional programs
    • Additional sections offered in certain high school electives across core subject areas
    • Restoration of fourth grade band and orchestra programs, as well as elementary Jazz Ensemble and Chamber Chorus
    • The High School inclusion model for special education students
    • Partial restoration of Middle School clubs
    • Additional 1.0 FTE Social Worker
    • Assistant Varsity and JV coaches
    • Full time Athletic Director

    The budget challenges were accomplished and Manhasset was able to restore these items and keep within the tax levy cap through cost saving measures including:
    • Collective bargaining agreements negotiated with the teachers and support staff
    • Retirement incentives for teachers and staff
    • Low percentage increase in healthcare premiums for 2014
    • Adoption of New York State Pension Stabilization program
    • Lower Special Education costs
    • Efficiencies in Transportation costs

    The Board of Education invites the public to a public hearing where residents can comment or ask questions about the proposed budget on Thursday, May 8. 8 pm. in the Secondary School Board Room. The annual election and Budget Vote is held statewide on Tuesday, May 28 to fill seats on the Board of Education and vote on the proposed budget. Voting will take place from 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. in the Secondary School Gymnasium. As always as residents stay Informed, ask questions. Get the facts.

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    Elizabeth Johnson is former editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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