Kings Park School Board of Education members called on state legislators to provide a full restoration of the gap elimination adjustment funding in the 2016-2017 budget.
Board members voted 3-0 to adopt a resolution at its Feb. 9 meeting that requested legislators to restore the funding to allow the district to close its budget gap. School board members Joseph Bianco and Tom Locasio were absent, district officials said.
The Kings Park Central School District has a budget gap of about $1.16 million for the 2016-2017 school year with the partial restoration allotted in Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive budget, according to the resolution. With the full restoration, the district’s budget gap would be reduced to roughly $305,000, the resolution said.
Kings Park schools Superintendent Timothy Eagen said the budget gap may be further reduced with employee retirements, but he said in a statement that “Kings Park needs a full GEA restoration and a little additional help to avoid program cuts for the 2016-2017 school year.”
The resolution was drafted by the district’s Legislative Committee, comprised of 14 school board members, district employees and community residents. The committee was established in January to help achieve one of the board’s goals of engaging community members and legislators to support district endeavors, according to a news release.