Residents are invited to the 2012-13 East Meadow school budget input hearing Thursday at 8 p.m. at the
“This forum provides an opportunity for interested community members to share with us their comments for next year’s budget planning,” East Meadow Superintendent Louis DeAngelo said.
According to Board of Education President Joseph Parisi, the board, together with DeAngelo’s office, is working to keep all of the programs, services and staff intact in East Meadow.
According to Newsday, East Meadow is slated to received $833,873 in state aid for the 2012-13 school year – a 2.53 percent increase from a year ago.
“The budget must work within the two percent budget cap, which is now a mandate of New York State,” Parisi said. “While much has been spoken of and written about how the governor believes the district should function in these unusual financial times, we believe that one thing is clear. Unless New York State figures out a way to more effectively fund education, all districts in New York state will be faced with making decisions that might greatly impact our schools and our programs as we now know them.”
After Thursday’s input session, the proposed budget will be adopted on March 29. After that, there will be an overview of the proposed budget presented at buildings throughout the district. On May 3, there will be a formal budget presentation, and the budget vote will occur on May 15.
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