On May 16, the Glen Cove City School District 2017-18 budget passed 590 to 172. The budget was just over $85.9 million, a $2.2 million increase over the current year’s spending plan.
In the approved budget, the district will collect $66.8 million in property taxes, an increase of $912,338 from the current year.
A total of 728 residents came out to vote this year for the budget and new Board of Education Trustees, compared to last year’s 1,044.
The two new Board of Education trustees are for Monica Alexandris-Miller and Robert Field, whose children attend district schools. Both ran for the first time this year in an unopposed election to replace Maureen Pappachristou and Barrie Dratch, who chose not to run for reelection. Alexandris-Miller was voted in with 588 votes, and Field with 521.
The budget will allow for new course offerings at Glen Cove High School, the preservation of all current programs and a continuation of security upgrades. The district will also improve facilities and upgrade the middle school’s gas line.
Cuts have been made in administrative costs and where the district will not hire new employees to fill several positions from which staff members have retired.
“Our community has once again demonstrated its commitment to our students, as well as support for the academic and extracurricular opportunities we provide for our students,” said district Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna. “I extend my gratitude to the community for its continued support.”