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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
F.S. school district budget explained
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Christina Daly/Herald
Franklin Square School District Superintendent Patrick Manley

The 2013-14 Budget Proposal begins to address the NYS Mandate that requires our children to take their standardized exams on computers in the 2014-15 school year. Funds are included in this budget to upgrade our aging network infrastructure, specifically our wireless internet capabilities, in order to facilitate this requirement. Additionally, in the 2013-14 budget the District has introduced a 1:1 Computing Initiative to begin purchasing the devices on which the students will be required to take their standardized exams. The District’s vision is to utilize the devices in a way that enhances the differentiated instruction of every child in their classroom, therefore enriching their learning experience and achievement level. Due to the utilization of existing funds to aid new initiatives, all technology expenditures will represent an increase of $73,330 to the budget.

The District is also proposing the implementation of a half-day Prekindergarten Program in its 2013-14 budget. Again, the District was able to utilize savings found in other areas of the Budget to put this program into operation for a small budgetary increase. Staff salary freezes have played a major part in our ability to add new programs for our children at a minimal cost to the taxpayers. The motivation behind the Prekindergarten Program echoes the sentiments expressed by our political and educational leaders, as well as our neighboring communities, about the need for such programs in public school. The implementation of a Prekindergarten Program will allow us to better prepare our children for the rigor of the Common Core Curriculum. Additionally it will also provide the District with future cost savings. As stated by New York State Commissioner of Education John King, “Every dollar invested in prekindergarten programs produces savings to taxpayers of approximately $7 through reduction of remediation, special education, welfare, and criminal justice services.”


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