Freeport school budget is reduced by $1.7M A reduction of $1.17 million in the initial 2006-07 Freeport school budget was proposed to the Board of Education late last week by Freeport Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric L. Eversley and the administrative team. The reduction includes programs, services and capital projects and will decrease the proposed budget increase from 6.94% to 5.97%. The tax levy upon which property taxes are based .has been reduced 1.60%, from the originally proposed increase of 6.88% down to 5.28%. Dr. Eversley said the administration was continuing to look carefully at the budget relative to district priorities, student needs, and input from the community and the Finance/Budget Advisory Committee. He added that any further state aid received by the district will be carefully analyzed and a thoughtful recommendation of the allocation of such funds will be presented to the Board. "We are always looking to achieve the optimum balance between the needs of our taxpayers and the educational needs of our students," said Dr. Eversley. Deputy Superintendent Kishore Kuncharn commented, "Some of the reductions were due to recent savings and new financial information. Other
reductions were very difficult choices in areas that are important to student performance, and we tried to keep these to a minimum. We will postpone these items for future budgets.' The reductions are in the following areas: • $90,000 from the annual debt payment, reflecting savings negotiated recently for the remaining term of the bond. • $300,000 from Teacher Retirement System costs based upon recent information projecting lower costs for next year. • $200,000 in deferred capital projects. • $50,000 from science program funding. $100,000 from extended day/Saturday Academy/Regents Review programs for students. . • $73,000 for reduced utilities costs. • $355,000 total in consultation fees, research, planning and assessment; BOCES tuition; and teacher salaries due to higher than anticipated retirements. The Board of Education discussed in detail the recommendations of the Finance- Budget Advisory Committee and the Responses Report from the Administration.
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