Hauppauge district adopts school budget

The Hauppauge school board will present a $97.2-million budget to voters next month that would freeze pay for top administrators.

The board voted 6-0, with one absent, Tuesday night to adopt the 2011-2012 budget, which is 3.35 percent higher than the current year. The proposed tax levy would go up about $2.5 million, or 3.46 percent, according to the board.

The superintendent and three assistant superintendents would see no increase in their salaries.

Staff would be reduced by 35, including 23 teachers. Most reductions would come through retirement and declining enrollment, district officials said.

The district, which is negotiating with the teachers union and three other bargaining units, reduced budget lines for salaries by $300,000 to help bring the proposed tax levy down from 3.9 percent, superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss said at a meeting Tuesday.

For Islip homeowners, the average home with assessed value of $59,290 would pay $5,585, an increase of $184, or 3.4 percent, over the current year, the district said. In Smithtown, the average home with assessed value of $6,017 would pay $5,021, an increase of $168, or 3.46 percent, over the current year, according to the district.

Parent La Young Trantum gave the board a petition signed by more than 200 residents calling for administrators and employees, including teachers, to take a one-year pay freeze. Trantum said the petition read, "We respectfully ask that you follow the example of our superintendent's office to bridge the budget gap . . . "

A public hearing on the budget will be held May 11 at 8 p.m. in the James Baxter Board Room at the Whiporwil School building, 495 Hoffman Lane. The vote is May 17.

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