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Voters Pass 2011-2012 School Budget

District residents approved the $97.2 million budget that is expected to increase the tax levy by 3.46 percent.

Hauppauge voters on Tuesday passed the school district's proposed for the 2011-2012 school year by a vote of 1703 to 1085.

The outcome means homeowners within the Hauppauge Public School District can expect to pay a 3.46 percent tax levy due to a proposed spending increase of $3.1 million over the current year.

"We're so incredibly grateful for the continued support from the Hauppauge community. Their faith in us to continue to provide excellent education in these fiscally difficult times is recognized and appreciated," said Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss. 

School officials blamed mandated costs including its debt service payments, employees' health insurance and retirement systems for increased spending. At the same time, the school is slated to receive $1.4 million from the state.

The budget calls for and five teaching assistants, resulting in the layoff of 16 teachers and three teaching assistants.

"We are thrilled by the results. We appreciate the community’s continued confidence in the district’s operation. We thank everyone for their support of our children and programs," said James Stucchio, the assistant superintendent of business and operations. 

In addition, the budget will cut the junior varsity tennis team, eight varsity-level assistant coaches, combine the middle school sports teams and reduce co-curricular activity funding by more than $40,000.

Board trustees officially adopted the 2011-2012 budget by unanimous vote at 10:12 p.m. 

Also decided in the election, incumbents Susan Hodosky and Pat Lesser, who ran unopposed, were both re-elected to serve a three-year term on the board of education. 

Voting took place at the former Whiporwhil Elementary School from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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