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Voters Approve Hauppauge's $98M School Budget

Tax levy increase of 2.9 percent in $98 million budget approved.

Hauppauge voters passed a $98 million budget for the 2012-13 school year on Tuesday by a vote of 1,367 to 675

By passing the budget,  the average homeowner within Hauppauge school district will pay a tax levy increase of 2.9 percent. Hauppauge school officials estimate  Town of Islip homeowners can expect to see an annual $160 increase to their taxes while Town of Smithtown taxpayers will see an annual increase of approximately $140. 

"Thank you to the community for continuing to be so suportive of the school district and the good work that we do here," said Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss. "It's really a credit to everyone here." 

Under the approved $98 million school budget, the district would hire approximately seven new teachers: 5 full-time special education teachers for its integrated co-teaching model in the elementary schools, a full-time teacher for its Languages Other Than English program and a full-time Literacy Collaborative support person to support reading instruction. In exchange, the district will be laying off 16 teaching assistants. The budget also include funds to purchase two minibuses and a maintenance van to replace the district's aging transportation fleet.

Voters also chose to pass Proposition 2, by vote of 1,351 to 626, to replace heating and air condition units at and , similar to work completed at Bretton Woods this past year. It will not require a separate bond or raise taxes, being paid through funds put aside by the district. 

In the election, voters also re-elected both Ann Macaluso and Eileen Mass to three-year terms on Hauppauge's Board of Education starting July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015. 

Hauppauge Board of Education vote 6-0, with Patricia Lesser absent, to adopt the result of the budget election at 10:18 p.m. Tuesday. 

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