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School Budget Guide: Facts to Know Before You Vote

Cast your ballot on May 17 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the former Whiporwhil Elementary School, Hauppauge's administrative offices.

Hauppauge residents can to cast their vote on the proposed 2011-2012 school budget and board of education candidates on Tuesday. Let this guide serve as a round-up of the numbers, facts and issues to review before you head out to the polls.

Proposed 2011-2012 school budget

The Hauppauge Board of Education approved a $97.2 million budget for the 2011-2012 school year to go before voters on May 17. This budget increases district spending by $3,151,814, or 3.35 percent increase, over the current year.

Hauppauge School District expects to raise $74.5 million of the budget through the tax levy, while receiving $12.3 million in state aid - $1.4 million less in educational than the current year.

Under the proposed budget, school officials proposed to eliminate 32 staff positions, including 23 teachers and five teaching assistants, cut sports coaches and combine the Hauppauge middle school’s sports teams, and reduce budgets for co-curricular activities.

Teachers

If passed, the 2011-2012 budget calls for the elimination of 23 teaching positions and five teaching assistants, likely resulting in the layoff of 16 teachers and three teaching assistants according the superintendent

Staffing cuts, as apply to specific schools:

  • 5 full-time teachers at Hauppauge High School
  • 5.8 full-time teachers at Hauppauge Middle School
  • 1 librarian between the high school and middle school
  • 2 full-time teachers in the elementary schools
  • 2.8 special education teachers between the elementary schools

District residents have petitioned school officials to negotiate a with the teachers union, who is in open contract negotiations with the district as their contracts expire June 30. Parents have expressed their concerns over

Sports

Hauppauge school district plans to cut the junior varsity tennis teams. In addition, eight varsity-level assistant coaching positions will be reduced from the boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball and varsity football teams. This will cut the district's sports coaching budget by $74,580 from the current year.

School officials plan to combine the seventh and eighth-grade sports teams at the middle school, saving the district $23,675.

Get a more detailed breakdown of Hauppauge's proposed budget .

If passed, the tax levy...

Town Tax Rate Increase* Daily Increase Annual Increase Islip 3.4 percent $0.50 $184 Smithtown 3.46 percent $0.46 $168

* - These projected rates are based on the current average home's assessed value in the Town of Islip and Town of Smithtown.

Candidates

Board trustees Susan Hodosky and Pat Lesser are running unopposed for re-election. Read more about the candidates

Voting Information

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the former Whiporwhil Elementary School, . Voters must be over 18 years of age and live within the Hauppauge school district. Anyone who has registered to vote in a school or general election (local, state, federal) in the past four years can vote without registering.

Hauppauge School District information

Forever Hauppauge May 16, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Dear Board of Education Members and School District Superintendents, It is time that the tax payers in the community send you a “NO” message on our Hauppauge School Budget. You are spending our tax payer dollars in the wrong areas, such as an I.B. program which is above and beyond an appropriate free education, while self-contained special education classes are operating at the bare requirements the State Laws allow. How do you go forward with this program knowing that there are three grades in one class? Do you have a problem with special needs children? Or is it that they are not as important as advanced placement children? Those enormous six figure salaries that are being paid to our Superintendents, Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors, Assistant Directors, Staff Members, and Chair People has to come to an end. Have you been watching the news today? Our Governor wants to put a tax cap on taxes. The gravy train will soon be over, it’s time to start acting responsibly to our tax paying community. We are all over burdened with taxes, you must start acting responsibly by starting cleaning house. We should not be firing Teachers, after all they are what our school district is all about, educating our children. Fire the administrators! CHOP, CHOP, AT THE TOP. Let our Board of Education come up with a fiscally responsible Budget for us to approve. NO MORE SIX FIGURE SALARIES! NO MORE WASTEFUL SPENDING! SEND A MESSAGE! NO MORE TAX INCREASES!
M.P.E. May 17, 2011 at 01:27 AM
I totally agree with the above comment in regard to Teachers should be THE LAST to be cut..Spec Ed kids need the most support!!Please don't cut the future of our kids dreams ,due to cutting teachers,PLEASE!!
Concerned about our community May 17, 2011 at 10:20 PM
I have sanitized my post in hopes of it not being removed again. Just could not let Ms. Batista’s comments go unanswered. Your comment of: “You are spending our tax payer dollars in the wrong areas, such as an I.B. program which is above and beyond an appropriate free education, while self-contained special education classes are operating at the bare requirements the State Laws allow. How do you go forward with this program knowing that there are three grades in one class? Do you have a problem with special needs children? Or is it that they are not as important as advanced placement children?” Every child deserves an appropriate and quality education. Each student needs to be brought up to their potential whether it is those who struggle or those who can do calculus in their head. But before you start wondering whether the district places more emphasis on resources for their advanced placement children read about the budget allocations.
Concerned about our community May 17, 2011 at 10:21 PM
con't Let’s discuss the teaching line item in the proposed budget. The total number of students with disabilities is somewhere around ten percent of the total enrollment of around 4,000. Let’s look at what the school district spends on special-ed vs. non special-ed. The “PROGRAMS-STUDENTS W/DISABILITIES” teaching line items shows a budget of $11,726,723 (with a 0.83% increase). At approximately 400 special needs students that equates to about $29,300 per child. The “REGULAR SCHOOL” teaching line items accounts for a budget of $28,522,702 (with a -2.85% decrease (-$813,628)). There are approximately 3,600 students that are not labeled as students with disabilities. These students do include the honors and AP students. The amount spent on each student is $7,925.
Concerned about our community May 17, 2011 at 10:22 PM
con't Your other complaint is about having three grades in one self contained class. As an example, there are a grand total of 9 students in the Forest Brook 3/4/5 self-contained class. There is one teacher and at least three aids. As an aside, the configuration of these self contained classes has changed throughout the years depending on enrollment and the needs of the kids. The K/1, 2/3, and 4/5 and the current K/1/2 and 3/4/5 configurations have gone back and forth over the past few year without regard to the budget. Are you aware that AP classes also have 3-4 grade levels within them? These subjects are taught with a full class size with a single teacher and no assistants. The divisive tenor of your comments does nothing but galvanize the opinions of those that believe we already spend too much on our special needs children. In answer to your query: “Do you have a problem with special needs children?” I don’t, why do you have a problem with high achievers who, if educated to be their best, could one day be the very adults who help solve some of the medical challenges our special needs kids face. I would like to ask you to not make people choose sides but to reach out and join us in taking care of all of our children.

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