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Southampton Schools Expect To Stay Within Tax Cap, Helped By Salary Savings

Publication: The Southampton Press
By Michael Wright   Mar 21, 2012 10:19 AM
Mar 21, 2012 11:37 AM

The Southampton School District administration expects to be able to save nearly $500,000 in its upcoming budget by eliminating four positions through retirement, returning one administrator to a teaching position, and reducing expenses by replacing retiring teachers with new hires.

Superintendent Dr. J. Richard Boyes told the School Board on Tuesday night that the salary savings, along with another $300,000 in spending cuts, have brought the district’s tentative budget for 2012-13 to within $68,000 of complying with the state-mandated 2-percent maximum tax levy increase. Administrators presented board members with a list of other possible cuts that could be made to minor services and programs that could bridge the remaining gap.

“I think it’s outstanding to have gotten as low as we have,” Dr. Boyes said. “We’ve listed selected items that could be eliminated from the budget.” He said those items totaled $320,000, leaving the $68,000 balance, “so there are some choices.”

The staffing cuts include eliminating three teaching positions—a special education teacher, an occupational therapist and an elementary school math teacher—and the assistant special education director, who will return to a teaching position. Two of the retiring teachers were paid more than $110,000 per year, and their jobs will be eliminated entirely. The occupational therapist will be replaced with an outside contracted service, costing $65,000 per year, a savings of $15,000 for the district.

Three other retiring teachers, one being paid $120,000 per year, and another more than $90,000, are being replaced with teachers being paid about $60,000. Two other positions will also see cost reductions through replacements. The district is also eliminating three $17,000-per-year bus monitor positions. One will be left in the budget but is not expected to be filled.

The district has not released its complete proposed budget yet but is expected to do so on April 3 when the board must vote to adopt the budget and put it up for public review. The board will hold a special budget work session next Thursday, March 29, at the Southampton Intermediate School to discuss the budget again.

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Wow I'm impressed they've managed to save 500k from a budget of what 60 million great work
By maxwell (157), speonk on Mar 21, 12 3:24 PM
I wonder what the East Quogue Elementary will be doing. The staff should be giving up the raises that they are slated for in 2012 - 2013 before they attempt to pierce the tax cap. It is time that the employee give back something to the community who pays their salary. If they won't do this, then the alternative for them is...........layoffs. Somehow I don't think the current Board of Education has the backbone to require this.
By crusader (233), East Quogue on Mar 21, 12 3:40 PM
Why should they give up the raises they are contractually obligated to? The district gave them this contract, they should have foreseen budget issues and not given it to begin with. A contract is just that, a guarantee. What is your problem with east quogue school anyway? Did they deny you a job? You are the most short sighted vindictive person on here. Maybe the district shouldn't have overpaid for a piece of property they have no use for if they knew that they were in financial trouble
By bubby (197), southampton on Mar 22, 12 7:32 AM
bubby, my problem is how taxpayers funds are being spent. If other school districts have employees who are giving up their raises, why not in the East Quogue Elementary School? Oh yes, I said employees, which include all those working at the school. You seem to be focused on teachers, which I am not. You are correct in stating that the district overpaid for a recent piece of property. That is exactly my problem with the EQ school. Its not personal, its the business of how my school taxes continue ...more
By crusader (233), East Quogue on Mar 23, 12 3:03 PM
My guess bubby is connected to the gravy train. The school board always does what the teachers/administrators want. They are not independant just on puppet strings. How else can you explain the runaway costs of running a school. They all think raises are a given year after year meanwhile those of us who pay the taxes are taking pay cuts and benefit cuts. its the same old story give me more I'm entitled to it. The sooner who do away with unions in the school system the better. it's amazing how each ...more
By maxwell (157), speonk on Mar 22, 12 2:19 PM
Not in any way connected to the gravy train, just tired of listening to all you people bitch about teachers out here. I actually agree with you maxwell on your point of it taking more and more people to do less work, but that's the administrations doing, they shouldn't be hiring teachers if they aren't going to be able to afford them. Bridgehampton schools set a precedent by agreeing to a pay freeze that every school system out here is going to jump on, but you have to remember, bridgehampton teachers ...more
By bubby (197), southampton on Mar 22, 12 3:26 PM
One thing to remember here, all the east end school districts spend more per student than any others on LI if it weren't for the rich second homeowners contributing to the school districts the average homeowner would be paying 20k per year. Look at MT Sinai or Wading river they pay 12 to 15 k ayear in taxes and yet spend substanially less per student. The insane inefficiencies going on are not noticed because of this. Could you imagine the average homeowner in Springs, Hampton Bays or E Quogue ...more
By maxwell (157), speonk on Mar 23, 12 2:44 PM
Yes, they pay more, but they have more children and most importantly more schools. More schools mean more employees, thus that is where the higher taxes come from.
By crusader (233), East Quogue on Mar 27, 12 10:30 AM
Don't pat Boyes on the back he still wants a 7 million dollar administration building. We can incur more debt by borrowing more money we don't have.
By chief1 (1108), southampton on Mar 25, 12 9:34 PM
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