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.
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?