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Rocky Point BOE Holds FIrst 2013-2014 Budget Workshop

Become part of the process. Attend the budget workshop.

On Monday, January 14, 2013, the Rocky Point School Board will hold the first 2013-2014 school budget workshop. The meeting will be held at the Frank J. Carasiti (FJC) School at 5:30 PM in Room 135. The FJC School is located at 90 Rocky Point Road; the entrance is on the right after the high school.    

I start this year’s budget season optimistically. I hope the residents will be met with an environment of inclusion and transparency.  I hope that the budget “workshop” will be an exchange of ideas and concerns between the BOE and the residents and not a “presentation” of decisions that have already been made by the administration and the BOE.

I hope it will not be a repeat of last year’s budget cycle during which parents were threatened with cutbacks in kindergarten as a justification for piercing the 2 percent tax cap.

One parent expressed what should happen this year at the June 18, 2012, BOE meeting: “I supported the board’s decision to pierce the tax cap … [but] next year’s  budget should not pierce the cap and sacrifices must be made in order to bring the  budget numbers within the parameters of the tax cap” (from the minutes of the June 18, 2012, BOE meeting).  I can only hope that the Board will heed her suggestion.

However, optimism aside, I am disappointed that the budget meeting is scheduled for 5:30 PM.  Most people who do not work within the education system will find it difficult to attend a meeting held at this time.  As in the past when the Board schedules “public” meetings at this time, I question if they really want the public to attend.

That same evening there is a regular Board of Education meeting at 7:00 PM in the FJC library.

I encourage everyone to attend.

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AnotherLocalMom January 08, 2013 at 03:34 PM
And, Ernestine, I've said this before and I'll say it again--we need people like you on the Board. I think Michael Nofi and Diane Burke are up for re-election this year. They're the ones who last time ran on a promise to be fiscally conservative. Although I don't know what Nofi's stand was on the turf, Diane Burke certainly supported it.
Jessica Ward January 08, 2013 at 04:43 PM
There is one open seat on the board this year--the seat that is currently held by Katleen Heggers. Mr. Nofi and Mrs. Burke are not up for re-election this year.
Ernestine Franco January 09, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Well, I am sorry to say that my optimism is starting to wane. I just happened to drive by the marquee in front of the High School where the BOE announces meetings. As of 1:35 pm on Wednesday, January 9th, the announcement read "1/14 BOE Meeting." It does NOT tell us what time the meeting is or where it is being held. AND THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE PUBLIC WORKSHOP ON THE BUDGET. All I can say to the BOE members is "Great work getting the message out!?!"
MatthewD January 11, 2013 at 07:32 PM
OK, Ernestine, I just drove by the RP high school. As of 2PM on Friday the marquee reads: 1/14 BOE Meeting 7:30PM FJC Workshop Budget Meeting Room 135 So now we know the time and place of the BOE meeting. We can only assume that the budget workshop meeting is also in FJC but of course they still don't have the time up there. So, unless we have a computer and know that all the information will be on the school's website we still don't know what time the workshp begins! Thank you faor giving all the information in your post and doing the job that the BOE should be doing!
William Q. Donahue February 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Unbelievable how facts are once again twisted. The money for the artificial turf, track, and room renovations comes from a completely different reserve that can ONLY be used for building and grounds maintenance. Learn your facts before you post.

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