Last Chance: Share Your Views on the 2012-13 School Budget

Commack school officials are hosting a Special Community Budget Input session 7 p.m. Monday at Burr Intermediate School.

Commack residents have the unique opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions on the proposed budget for the 2012-13 school year. 

Commack school officials will be hosting a special Community Budget Input Session at 7 p.m. Monday at. Parents and taxpayers will have the chance to pose their questions director to school officials and board of education members. 

Commack Superintendent Donald James has recommended a $170 million budget for the 2012-13 schoool year, which raises the tax levy by 2.6 percent. 

Under the recommended budget, school officials are considering laying off 40 to 60 teachers, one administrator, two secretaries, six custodians and then making an additional $700,000 in cuts. Further program cuts could include the elimination of assistant coaches for 16 sports teams, elimination of the varsity swim team, and elimination of a list of co-curricular clubs and honor societies. 

Unable to make tonight's meeting, don't worry. Commack school district will host a second special community budget input meeting on April 16, right before the budget is adopted on April 19. 

The school district has also posted many frequent questions under the budget portion of its website. Click through and see if one of your questions has been answered, or look up additional details on the proposed budget. 


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