Riverhead BOE: New ESL requirements; security budget increases

Superintendent Nancy Carney is projecting a budget increase for security expenses in 2015-16.

During the school board’s meeting Tuesday, Ms. Carney proposed increasing the security budget by 27 percent in order to hire additional security guards since the district is “adding some additional square footage, particularly at the high school level.”

The estimated increase also covers replacing outdated or broken equipment such as security cameras, she said.

Also during her budget presentation, Ms. Carney estimated expenses for security, general support, benefits, debt service, facilities, and transportation will increase by about 1.13 percent next school year for a combined total of about $53 million.

Like all school districts across New York, Riverhead has yet to receive state aid projections from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, she said.

As a result, Ms. Carney developed three different budget proposals: no increase in state aid; a 1.7 percent increase in state aid, which is how much the governor has publicly proposed; and a 5.35 percent increase in state aid based on BOCES projections.

The school board is scheduled to review the instruction portion of the budget, which is the largest expense of the school’s spending plan, on March 10.

The school board expects to have a projected tax levy by March 24 and adopt the budget by April 14, Ms. Carney said.

The budget vote is scheduled for May 19.

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