RYE BROOK, N.Y. - Blind Brook Superintendent of Schools William Stark outlined efforts to maintain core instruction and projected changes to class size at the elementary, middle, and high school level in next year’s budget during a presentation to the Board of Education on Monday.
“Preservation of current programs and services is the first priority of budgeting in this new reality, which we have achieved,” Stark said. “Very slight increases in class size are projected at the elementary level in grades 2, 3 and 5, coupled with slight decreases in class size at the middle school and high school."
Preliminary budget findings call for the preservation of and improvements in the district’s core instructional program and the resources needed to accommodate the projected changes in class sizes, Stark said.
As a result of the state tax cap, the increases in the district’s proposed $40 million budget will fall within the required 2.88 percent.
The proposed budget is an example of the financial struggles that districts throughout the state face, Stark said.
The school board will continue to work on budget issues, which include class size, the necessity of an athletic trainer, and technology staff in lieu of an increase in class size, board President Glen Schuster said.
“This is a work in progress,” Schuster said.
This is the first of several budget review sessions before the budget goes to the community for a vote May 21.
The next public budget discussion will be at 8 p.m. March 4 in the Blind Brook High School Library.