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SWR’s tentative budget includes addition of 11 new clubs

Shoreham-Wading River assistant district superintendent Glen Arcuri gave a budget presentation last Tuesday to discuss upcoming changes to facilities, technology, community programs, health services and personnel for the 2017-18 school year.

The tentative $74.8 million budget, which represents a 3 percent spending increase, includes, among other changes, hiring an elementary psychologist and adding 11 new clubs districtwide, as well as launching a Chromebook pilot program at the middle school, Mr. Arcuri said. The total spending increase for these amounts to a $2 million increase over the current year’s budget.

The district also plans to purchase a scissor lift and industrial floor equipment, among other items, for the facilities department. Combining those purchases with the technology budget — including website maintenance and online programs — carries a nearly $400,000 spending increase, he said.

Additionally, seven new community programs, such as self-defense, badminton and co-ed indoor soccer, will be introduced. Health services from the current school year will be maintained, Mr. Arcuri said.

There will also be a $25,000 increase in the personnel budget for substitute teacher services and advertising, he said.

Photo caption: SWR assistant superintendent Glen Arcuri speaks at a meeting in early March. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

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