District's proposed budget maintains programs
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Roughly $77.7 million — or 41.3 percent — of the proposed spending is for instructional salaries, while $5.5 million — or 2.95 percent — is for administrative salaries. According to SCOPE Education Services, East Meadow spent a smaller percentage of its budget on central administration salaries than any other district in New York the past two years.
One of the biggest increases in spending is for mandated contributions to the state retirement system, as well as health insurance costs — every district in New York must contribute 16.25 percent of salaries to retirement costs. East Meadow belongs to the New York State Health Insurance Program, and pays 80 percent of every teacher’s health coverage, including a $20,239 family plan premium — a lofty sum for a K-12 district with hundreds of teachers. Combined, the two items make up nearly a quarter of the budget.
The district was allocated $38 million in state aid for 2013-14, up from the $36.1 million it received this year.
“The Board of Education, in conjunction with Mr. DeAngelo and central administration, have crafted a 2013-14 district budget with no cuts to either programs or staff,” said President Joseph Parisi. “This budget also takes into consideration our fiscal responsibility to the community. I encourage voters to come out next month in support of this budget.”
If the proposal is defeated by voters, the district may offer the same budget for a second vote, offer a revised plan or adopt a contingency budget. If the budget, as-is or revised, were to be turned down a second time, the district would have to adopt a contingency plan, under which it would not be allowed to increase the tax levy, and as a result would have to cut approximately $3.4 million in spending.
Voters can register from May 7 to 13, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center, at 718 The Plain Road in Westbury. Evening registration will take place on May 7, between 7 and 9 p.m., also at the Salisbury Center.
The budget vote will take place on May 21, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., at the district’s elementary schools.