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Apr 19, 2018 10:47 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Board Of Education Adopts $52.5 Million Budget For 2018-19

Board of Education Vice President Richard Joslin, Trustee Michael Dunn and Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Larry Luce. ELSIE BOSKAMP
Apr 24, 2018 5:49 PM

The Hampton Bays Board of Education adopted a $52.5 million budget on Wednesday night, April 18, for the 2018-19 school year, that, if approved by district residents in May, would increase spending by 3.25 percent, but slightly reduce taxes.

According to Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen, the increased funding will be used for school safety upgrades and potential facility repairs, including replacing the high school roof and renovating bathrooms in the elementary school.

Mr. Clemensen said during Wednesday’s School Board meeting that the board was working on plans to increase collaboration with local law enforcement officials, use school resource officers and upgrade safety equipment.

“There is lots of planning taking place for next year and we want the community to know that this is the Board of Education’s top priority,” he said.

While spending will increase by about $1.6 million, the tax rate for district residents will actually be lowered, due in part to increased revenue from other sources. The tax rate is projected to decrease by 2.1 percent from $13.23 to $12.96 per $1,000 of assessed value. The district’s tax levy is anticipated to increase from $44.9 million to $46.3 million, a 3.2 percent increase, due to an increase in the overall assessed value of properties in the school district.

Additionally, state aid increased by 3 percent from approximately $5.7 million to $5.8 million, and money sourced from local revenue increased by 26 percent.

If approved, an average taxpayer with a home valued at $450,000 can expect to pay $5,832 in school taxes next year, or $123 less than the current year.

District residents can vote on the proposed budget on Tuesday, May 15, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium.

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I'm all for the reduced taxes, but do wonder why the District hadn't considered the necessary upgrades and repairs before paying for that AWFUL sign at the high school.
By MrsD (53), Hampton Bays on Apr 19, 18 4:04 PM
Health Insurance: 2015-2016 Actual: $4,307,840
Health Insurance: 2017-2018 Budget: $5,427,774

That's a $1,119,934 increase or 26% increase in 2 years. It's also more than 10% of the budget.

It would be nice to know how many employees that covers.

Also the number of students expected in the 2017-2018 school year that this budget is paying to educate.

Simple productivity measures like the budget divided by number of students would be nice. It would also ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 19, 18 5:11 PM
How about having the employees pay for their OWN health insurance like a lot of us do?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Apr 19, 18 5:16 PM
You've never heard of employer-provided/subsidized coverage?

Good luck attracting teachers without it.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 19, 18 5:20 PM
If we had a government option for healthcare insurance, we could mandate government employees to use it. Or we could just mandate that the state owned SUNY Southampton Hospital health network provide healthcare for all legal residents of Southampton at cost.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 19, 18 6:32 PM
Is this a fact? Does this arrangement exist anywhere else?

I'm all for cutting out the middleman, but I think hospitals are not suited to do the work of insurers.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 19, 18 6:52 PM
There are lots of self insurance examples. Here's one you can Google for more information.
In what geographies is Collective Health available?
Currently, we can work with clients headquartered in the following states: California, New York, Connecticut, Georgia, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, New Hampshire, Nevada, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Maine, and Missouri.
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 20, 18 8:37 AM
Just checked out the company site and a couple of articles. It sounds innovative, but there's only about 30 employers currently enrolled and the business is still reliant on venture funding capital.

The insurance companies are still somehow involved too: "employers contract with insurers to access their networks of doctors and hospitals, but the companies themselves pay the medical bills."
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 20, 18 9:06 AM
The Prior Lake-Savage school district recently tried a different way to insure themselves.

They’ve gone from “fully insured” to what’s called “self-insured or self-funded health care.”

The district has reportedly saved more than $1 million this year alone.

“In the first year, we saved over $1.15 million,” said Matt Mons, Director of Human Resources in the Prior Lake-Savage School District. “We saved $800,000 in fixed ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 20, 18 8:58 AM
That's impressive, but what was the level of satisfaction with the coverage from one year to the next?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Apr 20, 18 9:08 AM
“I think the staff, the teachers, all of the members of our insurance committee have felt really good about the change,” Mons said. “We are able to manage our costs much more effectively in this model.”

Corporate Health Systems has provided this type of insurance for more than 15 other school districts, large and small. They say so far, it’s been a successful program."
By dfree (818), hampton bays on Apr 21, 18 10:55 AM