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Sewanhaka schools:$4.1 million in cuts projected to meet cap
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Courtesy Sewanhaka schools
Dr. Ralph Ferrie

The spending plan includes nearly $840,000 in capital projects, including steam pipe and trap replacement and a refurbished softball field at Elmont Memorial, and the replacement of an elevator at Carey — at nearly $270,000, the most expensive project planned in any of the schools.

Sewanhaka’s proposals have recently drawn the ire of some local residents. In December, officials saw a $100 million bond referendum for districtwide improvements go down to defeat, though talk of a new bond proposal has resurfaced since. Most recently, Franklin Square residents spoke out against a rumored transfer of one of Carey’s most popular administrators, Assistant Principal John Kenny, to another district schools, a move that has been neither confirmed nor denied.

Ferrie has, however, acknowledged the necessity of belt-tightening. “We are going to have to make some very difficult decisions to get to that $4.1 million [in cuts],” he said in February. “That’s the environment in which we are operating.”

The district — which comprises Elmont Memorial, H. Frank Carey, Sewanhaka, Floral Park Memorial and New Hyde Park Memorial high schools — expects to see an estimated decline of 142 students in 2014-15.

District residents will vote on the budget on May 20.


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