Blind Brook Superintendent William Stark presented a $40 million budget proposal that would set the tax levy cap at 2.8 percent at the board of education meeting on Feb. 25. This represents a 2.5 percent increase over last year’s budget and would stay below the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap.
The budget prepares for a slight increase in class size at grades two, three and five and a slight decrease in class size in the middle and high schools. The budget will preserve all current programs and services.
The proposal aims to cut some staff positions and add new positions, and would increase security personnel at the district.
Stark wrote in a letter to the community:
Within this presentation I have outlined some measures, including staffing adjustments that will keep us within our cap without compromising instruction. Included is valuable enrollment data to back this, as well as a seven-year budget history, revenue breakdown and anticipated expenditures for next year, including fixed costs, all designed to help you best understand how our district is funded and how your tax dollars and other sources of revenue are being put to use.
You can view the full presentation here.
There will be several more budget discussions, the next of which will be held on Monday, March 4 at 8 p.m. in the Monroe E. Haas Instructional Media Center at BBHS. The board is scheduled to adopt a budget proposal by April 15 and the public will vote on the budget proposal on May 21.