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Blind Brook Superintendent Presents Budget Plan

RYE BROOK, N.Y. – Blind Brook Superintendent William Stark presented his 2012-13 budget to the public and the board of education on Monday inside the middle school auditorium. Stark’s proposal includes a 1.71 percent increase in the property tax levy, which would fall below the state's 2 percent tax cap.

According to figures presented by the superintendent, the tax levy increase in the past two school budgets did not exceed 1 percent.

"This year we started extra early because of the budget tax cap ," Stark said, adding that through the budget planning process, the numbers have "fallen our way."

Stark warned that it is important to note that this presentation is strictly his budget presentation, which is nowhere near finalized and still in need of evaluation from the school board and residents.

"Keep in mind that what is being presented is the superintendent’s budget, to be reviewed and perhaps massaged by the board of education and the community over the next two months," Stark said.

According to the Stark's presentation, the district's enrollment is projected to stay the same. However, the projections indicate the high school's enrollment will increase by approximately 50 students, while the elementary school will decrease by 34.

Part of the budget's reductions is the elimination of one of the two foreign language teachers at the elementary school, one elementary school teacher, and one school psychologist.

The district will still have one psychologist in each school and the superintendent said the elimination of the elementary school teacher is a response to the decrease in enrollment.

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