The Shoreham-Wading River school board has appointed an interim superintendent to replace Steven Cohen, who in February announced plans to retire this summer.
A preliminary look at the 2015-16 Shoreham-Wading River spending plan has revealed the district administration plans to stay under the state-mandated tax levy cap, despite still waiting for the state to release how much aid the district will get.
According to a budget proposal presentation by Superintendent Steven Cohen, the Shoreham-Wading River budget would increase by .9 percent in total from the 2014-15 school year spending plan.
That increase includes a jump in the tax levy of 1.5072 percent, just under what the district’s allowable tax limit will likely be, based on district calculations, Mr. Cohen said.
Due to budget disputes in Albany, the district still doesn’t know how much its state aid will increase, if at all, so the administration has budgeted for state aid to remain level.
Mr. Cohen said the district would rely less on its reserves and could tax less thanks to concessions from the teachers and employees unions. Under his proposed plan, special education would get a big boost, with an additional eight positions being added in the elementary and middle schools.
That would cut the ratio of special education to regular students in so-called inclusion classes in half, Mr. Cohen said.
“That is a huge increase in quality,” he said.
The full details of the budget will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The architect who designed a capital improvement project for the Shoreham-Wading River School District’s outdated infrastructure gave a presentation Tuesday outlining the scope of construction.
A scheduled Dec. 9 vote on a nearly $50 million districtwide capital improvement project is now on hold while the Shoreham-Wading River school board awaits legal advice on the wording of two ballot propositions. (more…)
Beginning next month, school will start 10 minutes later for Shoreham-Wading River elementary school students as administrators try to correct a series of complaints about the district’s new busing system. (more…)
The Shoreham-Wading River school board will begin discussions over a proposed $48.6 million district bond to make repairs and upgrades to district facilities.
As it stands, the bond would fund construction work, new classroom space and roof repairs among other additions at all four district schools. The proposal was presented to the board by the district’s bond committee at its last meeting Sept. 9.
“There’s still a lot of holes that need to be made whole,” board president William McGrath said at the time.
The board will discuss how much, if any, of the proposal to adopt for a referendum vote that would come this December.
The Shoreham-Wading River school board voted unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night to adopt a contract extension for the district’s non-teacher staff. (more…)
After spending several months wondering whether they’d have a job next year, several Shoreham-Wading River teachers assistants got their answer Tuesday night: No one is getting fired.
The district’s school board rejected a recommendation to eliminate five teachers’ assistant positions for the 2014-15 school year at its regular meeting, saying that while they technically aren’t necessary to run the special ed program, canning employees would mean less support for teachers — diminishing a quality of programming the district holds itself to. (more…)