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Voters Approve West Islip Budget, Gellar and Zotto Re-Elected to BOE

Residents say yes to the 2012-13 school budget by a vote of 2,173 - 1,180.

West Islip voters passed the $110.8 million school district budget by a vote of  2,173 - 1,180 on Tuesday.

By passing the budget, homeowners within the West Islip School District will pay a tax levy of 2.27 percent in the coming year.

Also decided in the election, incumbents Steve Gellar and Michael Zotto were re-elected to the Board of Education, defeating challengers Glenn Montes and Kevin O'Connor, respectively.

The 2011-12 budget calls for a spending plan of $110,880,192, with a 3.49 percent budget to budget increase. The annual tax increase on a home with an average assessed value of $45,000 will be $14.16 per month or $169.88 per year.

However, the approved budget also calls for staff and program reductions, as well as the closure of Kirdahy and Westbrook elementary schools. A total of 38 staff positions will be lost, as well as the high school dance program. Reductions to the BOCES vocational program and athletics spending were also made.

It was a difficult fiscal year for many Long Island school districts, as school struggled to balance rising costs with student needs while staying within the newly implemented New York State tax cap.

Ms Will May 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM
If the incumbents don't continue to cut costs, now especially since two schools will close, we have to vote for candidates who will make BIG decisions that will cut costs with minimal impact on students. Why aren't we considering combining "back office" operations with other Islip Town school districts--like payroll, purchasing, insurance, and other common services? Its time to think big about making big cuts! And, we have to be serious about slowing down the cost of all staff--especially administrators and teachers. Just because we pay more doesn't mean we get better results, especially when tenure protects the those who are not productive.
gherz May 17, 2012 at 07:54 PM
i couldnt have said it better myself, i totaly agree
gherz May 17, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Why not we have crooks in there , why not a back stabber also,The community is clueless
LITTLE INDIAN May 17, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Where is Mr. Montes probably hanging with Maresca
Pat May 18, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Well said Glenn! I am still having a hard time believing that there are teachers making over $100,000 a year and only working 180 days a year. With tenure there is no pressure to perform and no competition to let in better brighter candidates. I understand that teachers are extremely important and they don't have easy professions, but competition for jobs assures performance and is in the best interest of the students.

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