In an economic climate that’s hitting New York schools with cuts to state funding, unfunded mandates, and a new 2 percent tax cap, trustee Jay L.T. Breakstone applauded his colleague’s efforts in fashioning a budget that nonetheless retains the essentials of the educational quality that Bellmore is known for.
The 2012-13 budget of $31,943,890 was approved by the board at a Tuesday meeting.
“This is a tremendous budget,” Breakstone said. “This budget was only possible when good people got together to ensure the future of education for the children of Bellmore. I’d like to give my compliments to the superintendent, his staff and my fellow board members on a great job.”
Important Nassau BOCES business was also addressed at the meeting, among which was a trustee vote by the Bellmore Board of Education, that approved the appointment of three members of the BOCES board. However, other school districts must also cast their votes on these prospective trustees for the appointments to become final.
The 2012-13 BOCES Administrative Operations budget was also voted upon and approved by the board, totaling at $19,305,205.
In other news, the Bellmore Board of Education approved the tenure of four teachers.
Elia DeBlasio (Physical Education), Jessica McDaniel (Speech), Jennifer Oshiro (Music) and Gina Paino (General Education) were all granted tenure as recommended by Superintendent Joseph S. Famularo and approved unanimously by the board.
“An important responsibility of the Bellmore Board of Education, one of the many, is the awarding of tenure,” Famularo said. “Tonight we have several teachers who have met and exceeded our high standards.”
The board also accepted the resignation of classroom teacher Lorraine Grant, who is retiring at the end of the current school year.
The next meeting of the Bellmore Board of Education is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m.