The February 9 print edition of the Western Edition of The Southampton Press included an article regarding the ongoing development of the Westhampton Beach School District’s 2023-24 budget. The headline of the article, “No Increase in Spending: District Preparing Flat Budget,” is inaccurate, misleading and potentially harmful.
The district is in the early stages of the budget development process. In fact, the article reports on just the first of the district’s four scheduled budget meetings.
It is likely that some portions of the budget will remain flat, or even see decreases; however, based on anticipated revenues and expenditures, the overall budget is expected to increase.
As the district develops the budget, we are mindful of the financial impact to our community and intend to prepare a budget that is tax cap compliant. The district will continue to review the needs of students, while remaining conscious of our fiscal responsibility to the Westhampton Beach community.
All information on the budget development process is available on our website, whbschools.org.
Carolyn J. Probst, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Westhampton Beach School District
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