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Superintendent: Budget Will Have Close to a Zero Percent Increase

The North Bellmore School District announces its proposed budget.

Superintendent Arnold Goldstein announced on Wednesday that there will be a close to zero percent budget increase in the North Bellmore School District's  2012-2013 school budget.

The proposed budget for the upcoming school year is $47,901,815 million.

"The budget increase is at negative .27 percent, the lowest we have ever had," Goldstein said. "We will not have class increases and we will not cut any programs.

According to Goldstein, last year's budget increased 2.18 percent, which at the time was the district's lowest. The 2011-2012 budget was $48,029,117 million.

In December 2011, the North Bellmore Board of Education announced that Jacob Gunther Elementary School will close in June. Goldstein said that the decision to close the facility lead to the low budget increase.

"This is the result of the closing of a building which has caused anguish in this community," he said.

Goldstein said that the closing of a building, the tightening of the budget and retirement incentives saved the district $1.2 million.

Erin April 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
The district is receiving way more money from the State than they had anticipated. Was there considered planning here at all? It's unfortunate they hadn't waited, and not rushed this through; a strategy that was suggested. A community is now without their neighborhood school; having long-term affects on the community. "Excessing building employees"? The teachers are being moved (as planned prior to this windfall from the State). Some staff is retiring, and those who are being excised are a few support staff positions. The building is being maintained at a higher cost, and any rental income to offset the budgeted money for this?? Yet to be seen. Now the district is just looking for ways to spend our money.
Greg Bashaw April 07, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Though the Board voted to close a school because many families cannot handle the taxes at the current level, I wonder how closing a school would enable them to afford the taxes they NOW have. I do not fault anybody 's decision, but financially, it just doesnt add up. We cant keep closing schools, becuase pretty soon it will be like Little House on the Prairie. With the same administration and staffing levels, and just a one room schoolhouse. GB GB Greg
linda smith May 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Why not eliminate the varied excess positions within the North Bellmore School District? How many Asst. Superintendent's do we need? Have you ever visited the District offices in the summer or tried to get through to them? I have and what was observed was clerical staff and Administrators sitting around chatting while the telephones went to voicemail. Great system. Maybe we should start right there.
linda smith May 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
How about having business professionals (CPAs, MBAs) run the NBSD instead of Administrators? We would probably save millions.
Erin May 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Vote! Vote for a member of our community who's been involved in holding the schools & the district and the administrators accountable for years and who sees that it's time for a new voice. My vote is going to Marc Berkowitz. Unlike one or two of the other candidates, he's not a one-hit wonder, he's not someone who just jumped into this for personal reasons, for one agenda.; he's been involved and has been seeking change, and conversations that will bring trust back b/ween the BOE & the community. I admire the dedication of the volunteer committee (although am in disagreement with some of their decisions!), it's time to turn over the reins. Unlike what the slanted "Bellmore Herald" inferred in their endorsements of the incumbent, he is not running because of a school closing, he is not seeking revenge or pay-back on the District. He is and has always been concerned for ALL the STUDENTS of the entire district. It's an insult to believe that because he has kids in the district schools that he won't be able to make decisions that are unbiased. It's because he currently has kids in the district that makes him more able to make his decisions w/out outside influence.

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