POLL: Where Do You Stand on Commack School's Draft Budget?

Commack school district has proposed a $170M draft budget for the 2012-13 school year.

Commack school officials are in the final steps of narrowing down the details on a proposed budget to put up before voters on May 15. But with that date over a month away, we can't help to wonder where you stand. 

Superintendent Donald James has recommended the Board of Education adopt a $170 million budget for the 2012-13 school year, which would mean at 2.6 percent tax levy for district taxpayers. While the tax levy is within the district's tax cap, which with exemptions is 4.1 percent, it has raised controversy among parents and students. 

The proposed budget calls for , six custodians with an additional $700,000 in cuts or savings. 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. 

Click here for Full Coverage of the 2012-13 Commack School Budget

Early on, parents called for James to reveal , while others have come out with the opinion the teachers and staff have to be willing to give back. 

Commack students have taken to attending several board meetings, from being affected by the cuts. 

We'd like to ask, if the school budget vote was held today on the proposed $170 million draft budget, how would you vote? 

Ivan April 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM
I am still having a hard time understanding why corporate america and the rest of the world can keep budgets in place during tough economic times yet public programs cannot. Sorry teachers but it is time to break down these unfair union issues and get a consistent fair paycheck that does not increase every year. In the corporate world people have been getting no to very marginal raises, why not in the public world. And some of the salaries at the top are way out of line.
Glen Rogers April 15, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I think that the Board's budget is sound and deserves support. Given theses difficult budgetary times, it is the best for now. Cuomo did a number on school funding, hurting LI schools.
CJD April 15, 2012 at 03:07 PM
When are we going to stay in line with the small Social Security increases we seniors are receiving. Why is there always an increase that exceeds what normal hard working people get. It's time to put our foot down and stop our taxes from doubling every 8yrs. These are tough times for Homeowners with skyrocketing fuel prices and fixed pensions.
susan r April 15, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Ivan - you hit the nail on the head!!!
ITS ALL ABOUT THE SPENDING April 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Given these difficult budgetary times? Are you kidding? How difficult is it for those in charge at the school district when they see fit to give the Super 10 more vacation days, 3 more "other holidays", more reimbursement of unused time off and a guaranteed raise of at least 3% a year forever? What about the previous 4 years of difficult times when the budget continued to rise with complete disregard for the rate of inflation? The board does not give a hoot (substitute more harsh word at your pleasure) for the taxpayers of this town. They have consistently lined their own pockets then turn to the town and say "pass our budget or your kids will suffer". When will all of those that support the budget year after year stop drinking the Kool Ade thats passed to them every single year. VOTE NO. TELL FRIENDS TO VOTE NO! DRIVE A SENIOR CITIZEN TO THE POLLS TO VOTE NO!!!! DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO GET THE NO VOTE OUT AND PUT AN END TO THIS NONSENSE ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!!
CJD April 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
How about the residents of Commack who are having trouble selling because of the high taxes. And how about the seniors on fixed SS and pensions whose taxes double every 8 yrs. I think Cuomo did a great job. Someone has to stop this runaway train!
Jen L April 16, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Glen- Please elaborate. From what the district handed out, state aide to commack went up $533k or 1.6% are you saying it should have been 5% to match the contractual teacher raises in these difficult budgetary times? . What parts of the budget do you think are sound? Is it the additional $5 million for raises at the expense of children programs?
jb April 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM
we dont need three vice prin.in the high school making the over 170,000 dollars a year,,,,,,,,,,,,one is more then we need.........cut them out and save a few teachers jobs,,,,,,,,,,,,,wake up people.........vote no.........the game has been going on long enough in this district..
Michael April 18, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Very true. It is a game. The unfortunate thing is that we dont get to see the rules they play by. We have to weed them out for ourselves. But I think people are starting to wake up this year and say enough is enough.
GM April 21, 2012 at 05:15 AM
This "poll" does not give the option: 4) VOTE down budget and force the BOARD to renegotiate with teachers, admins, district staff now. Do not believe we must go to austerity if you vote down budget. That is propaganda from the Board and Teachers Union. Year after year, We keep voting yes for the budget, while the Board has consistently cut from the kids for the past 6 years. Dump the BOARD! While I love teachers, their union disgraces them by demonstrating such selfish actions. If they were a "UNION" they would work out a plan to eliminate any layoffs in the classroom, in clubs, and in athletics. Instead, they offer up their youngest members to the unemployment line. Nice work. That's greed , not brotherhood.
GM April 21, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Concerned Commakian- it's not enough to vote budget down. You must vote for a new Board Member. Too many folks vote on budget but don't vote for the board. We must urge our neighbors to Dump Incumbents this year.
Michael April 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Hey all, Patch isnt the only place where disgruntled Commack taxpayers are congregating. Take a look at this. http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/long-island-now-1.1732330/layoffs-in-commack-school-budget-1.3639733#disqus_thread


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