Richard Organisciak announced tonight that the District's preliminary budget for 2009-10 calls for a 3.75% increase in spending. The District will seek to raise taxes 4.9% to support the increase.
The board refused to provide members of the public with copies of the budget documents, they are not available on the district's web site and will not me made available to the public prior to tomorrow night's budget meeting at New Rochelle High School.
Highlights include the following:
There will be an 11% cut in the budget for school supplies and materials so parents can look forward to being asked to provide over $100 per child in supplies in September.
There is now a "vacancy control process" in place so that newly vacated positions are not always being filled.
The district reduced its insurance coverage which will lower the cost of insurance premiums by $200,000
Full-Day Kindergarten for all schools is still in the budget.
After presenting the figures, copies of the budget were handed out to board members. In what was perhaps one of her worst acting performance, Cindy Babcock-Deutsche pretended that was not familiar with the budget numbers until announced by Organisciak.
In an evening full of laughable candards, Babcock-Deutsch affected to be pleasantly surprised that that the increase was below the state number.