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Amityville board approves $80.8M schools budget for next year

A view of downtown Amityville. (June 5, 2011)

A view of downtown Amityville. (June 5, 2011) (Credit: Alexi Knock)

The Amityville Board of Education on Wednesday night approved an $80.8 million school budget proposal for next year.

The tax levy will increase 3.29 percent, which is the district’s state tax cap this year.

The 5-0 vote sends the proposed budget to voters May 21.

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“We’re happy thus far to be able to say we’ve got a budget that’s balanced within the cap, that calls for no layoffs,” Superintendent John R. Williams said. “We’re one of the few districts within all of Suffolk County that’s not piercing the cap and does not plan any excesses.”

The proposed budget includes a $2.6-million increase in staff salary and benefits, along with small increases for school supplies, transportation and other spending categories.
An increase in state aid along with savings from an early retirement plan for 16 senior teachers helped balance the budget, administrators said.

Williams said administrators had not yet decided how many of those positions would be replaced next year.

That left dissatisfied Robert M. Claps, president of the Amityville Teachers’ Association, the union that represents the district’s teachers.

Fewer teachers would “make it that much harder to provide the quality education that the children deserve,” he said in an interview Thursday.


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