A message from the Board of Education:
The proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year allows the district to maintain all of its current instructional, music, fine arts, athletics and co-curricular programs for students while adding several new programs such as the restoration of the fourth- and fifth-grade elementary school instrumental program and providing additional Career & Technical Education (CTE) offerings such as Barbering, Small Engine Repair, and expansion of the Medical Assisting program (due to popular demand).
The Board of Education, along with district administration, has come up with a budget plan that is sensitive to the community while offering our students the opportunities that they deserve and need to excel in the 21st century. As responsible stewards of our community’s resources, this year’s proposed budget includes a tax levy increase of 1.74%, which stays within the New York State tax cap for the sixth consecutive year.
The proposed budget also implements additional districtwide initiatives to continue increasing the graduation rate, provides more clubs at the middle and high school levels, adds several new faculty members, teaching assistants, assistant principals, academic field trips, athletics equipment and much more.
Please take a look at this brochure to learn about other additions in the proposed budget. The contingent budget results in no increase in the property tax levy. Please review page three of this brochure to see the difference in what is included in the proposed and contingent budgets. The difference between the proposed and contingent budget is .28¢(cents) per day for a resident in the average assessed home valued at $1,995 as determined by the Town of Brookhaven Tax Assessor.
On Tuesday, May 16, please remember to come out and vote. No matter how you vote, it’s important to let your voice be heard. Thank you and we hope to see you at the polls!