The Great Neck Public Schools Budget and Bond Newsletters will be mailed to residents this week and are available at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us.
The Budget Newsletter includes important information about the Proposed 2017–18 School Budget, including the programs that will be maintained, which represent 80 percent of the budget. The budget is again under the New York State-imposed 2 percent tax cap, with a tax-levy limit for 2017–18 at 1.26 percent.
“The expenditure portion of the budget is specifically targeted to advance the goals of the district, maintain our commitment to class size and create a community for learning where students, parents and staff are joined in the pursuit of academic excellence and personal growth, in a caring environment,” explained Superintendent of School Dr. Teresa Prendergast.
The Revised Bond Referendum represents a reduction of more than $17.5 million from the bond that was defeated in February. Savings are realized from the elimination of the Cumberland and Clover Drive projects, and the significant reduction of the auditorium,
cafeteria and bathroom projects at E.M. Baker School. The Revised Bond Referendum focuses on the areas of health and safety, education and preservation of the district’s physical assets.
All three areas are explained in the Bond Newsletter, which also contains a question-and-answer section and a section about understanding the tax impact of the proposed Bond Referendum on your home.
Voting on the Proposed 2017–18 School Budget, the Revised 2017 Bond Referendum and Board of Education trustees will take place on Tuesday, May 16, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Baker School for registered voters who live north of the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and at South High School for those who live south of the LIRR.
For more information, call 516-441-4020.