First school budget presentation set for Tuesday night

03/08/2011 10:49 AM |
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead Middle School last summer.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead Middle School will be the site of the first 2011-12 budget presentation.

The Riverhead School District’s first 2011-12 budget presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, at the middle school.

“We will present the preliminary budget in its entirety,” said Superintendent Nancy Carney, adding that the school board will then hold weekly budget presentations at different district schools through April 12, when the school board adopts a final budget proposal to go before voters.

“The dates for these presentations are posted on our website.”

Portions of the preliminary $111.8 million budget were presented at last month’s board meeting. Under that plan, district spending would increase by 3.28 percent, or more than $3 million But the tax levy — the amount of cash the district collects from taxpayers — would go up 5.7 percent for 2011-12, which is a $5.2 million difference. She later told the News-Review she pared the spending increase down to 1.96 percent, and informed the newspaper that the plan included eliminating 40 positions, including 15 teacher positions.

Voter registration will be held May 9 between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on May 10 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A budget hearing is scheduled for May 10 in the Riverhead High School auditorium.

Taxpayers will vote on the budget May 17.

In other news, the school board is expected to accept the resignation of high school principal David Zimbler effective April 10. Associate principal David Wicks will serve as acting principal until a permanent replacement is found, Ms. Carney said.

The board is also expected to vote on a resolution to extend Ms. Carney’s contract until June 2014.

16 Comment

  • Forget it. There is no reason why the budget should go up more than twicw the rate of inflation.

  • COME TO THE MEETING AND ASK YOUR QUESTIONS.
    IT’S DIFFICULT TIMES EVERY BODY HAS THEIR SAY…..

  • If the BOE votes for the her contract extention then she will not be eligible if that cap law goes through until this new contract goes through…. how much is her increase for the next 3 years???

    Also, no way… 5.7 is not going to work so go back and figure it out. What will they do next year when they can not increase it the 2%?

  • SUPERINTENDENT CARNEY IS NOT TAKING A RAISE.IN FACT SHE DIDN’T TAKE ONE LAST YEAR NOR DID ALL OF RIVERHEADS ADMINISTRATORS .THE ADMINISTRATORS CAUGHT HEAT FROM ALL THE ADMINISTRATORS ON THE ISLAND BECAUSE THEY DID IT.THE TEACHERS DID THEIR PART ALONG WITH OTHERS.
    I’M NOT IN YOUR POCKETBOOK I DON’T TELL ANYONE HOW TO VOTE .AS IT GETS CLOSER I WILL SAY HOW I WILL VOTE.

  • the most important thing we can do is to attend the meetings where the budget is discussed get the information make informed decisions that’s the system use it to your advantage

  • They passed her contract but did not say what it was. Now if the state passes that law, it will not go into effect for your district until 2014.
    I was at the BOE meeting, not many residents and few staff there tonight. Now is the time to help the BOE make decisions. If you wait until vote time, nothing can be done.

  • but look how many people showed up tonight…they were more administrators and BOE members than community members…pretty sad…

  • THEY NEVER SAY WHAT IT IS ..YOU COULD OF ASKED ABOUT RAISES AND IF SHE WOULD BE HELD TO THE CAP.I TELL YOU THIS SHE WILL STILL BE AFFECTED BY THE CAP ON SUPERINTENDENTS SALARIES SO WILL ASST SUPER TO PERSONNEL AND COMMUNITY JOE OGEKA.IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN THE CONTRACT AND WHAT IT CONTAINS FOIL FOR IT.

  • EXACTLY PEOPLE DON’T SHOW…REMEMBER 3 BOARD MEMBERS ARE UP THIS YEAR.ANYONE THAT IS INTERESTED IN RUNNING CAN GO TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND PICK UP A PETITION.REQUIREMENTS ARE EASY.GET THE CORRECT AMOUNT OF SIGNATURES AND BE OVER 18.SAD BUT TRUE THAT IS IT…..

  • As the cap is worded now…she will not be affected until her contract is up in 2014. The wording is when each of the contracts are up, it will be changed to the salary set by how many students are in that district. Exact wording is: “The cap will apply only to school superintendents and will be applied prospectively as contracts expire. ” By extending her contract, even without a raise, makes sure she makes that money and not be forced to a drastic pay cut next school year.

  • IF YOU READ RIVERHEAD PATCH THEY INTERVIEWED CARNEY ABOUT THE CAP.IT ALSO STATES OGEKA AND CARNEY AS THE TWO IN THIS DISTRICT.
    OH WELL WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

  • Sometimes the public shows its disdain through its absence. The May votes will speak loud and clear,

  • Oh yeah, and RIP Bear. What a handsome dog! Okay, now I know I would have done the same thing…(

  • Hey Benja Its time you mind your own yard and stop trying to be Super advocate for the world. Some of us don’t care to separate trash at our homes.
    Its dirty and inconvenient. oh and by the way I still eat fried food and drive a ford excursion , Your not getting my SUV even if the price of gas goes to 10 dollores this is still america and you dont speak for me.

  • Sorry Jerry T
    You can’t have it both ways. You want government to protect your private property but don’t want government to protect the public interest. Learn to recycle, it is cleaner and more convenient than dealing with great green gobs of gross garbage.

  • Benja,

    I hold out for the possibility that someday you will have an opinion worth listening to.

    Nah, Never happen!