UPDATE/LIVEBLOGGING BUDGET MEETING
Budget cut increased from $3.65mm (-1.56) to $5.0 mm (-1.80) resulting in 35 lay-offs due to news last week of additional cuts in NYS funding. This is in addition to 25 retirements filed, 10-15 more expected plus not filling 10-12 civil service positions.
Korostoff and Massimo going back and forth, line by line through budget starting on page 38.
Tonight is the night when the bulk of school district spending is reviewed. Areas of the budget to covered are salaries and benefits and pensions for Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Pupil Services, Medical, Guidance and Special Education.
Costs related to staff account for about 70% of the total budget.
I would encourage residents to take a good long look at this chart to get an understanding of the disconnect between the proposed budget and the budget adjusted for home values.
As mentioned at the February 11th Budget Input session, it took the district 5 years to get into this mess, it is going to take 5 years to get out of it. Here are some ideas on how that can begin to happen.