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Three Village Recovers Close to $400k in State Aid

School board to determine how the funds are used.

The Three Village Central School District will receive $389,000 more in state aid than administrators originally projected, according to data released late last week.

That amount includes an education grant of $100,000 that New York State Assemb. Steve Englebright, D-Setauket, was able to secure specifically for Three Village.

"We’re happy to get anything extra," said Jeff Carlson, assistant superintendent for business services, who has said during recent board meetings that the previous estimate used to craft the district's proposed budget would likely be increased when the state budget was finalized.

Englebright said in an interview Monday that he was able to land the grant for Three Village by appealing to the leadership of the Assembly.

"Three Village, I pointed out, was having a significant differential in the negative direction relative to last year’s budget," he said. "I was fortunate to receive an affirmative response. ... After the addition, it should put them on par with the other districts, and that’s important this year."

The district received about $36 million in state aid last year. This year's initial state aid projection had Three Village losing about $853,000 from that amount, according to data presented at the Feb. 14 school board meeting.

Now, Carlson said, it's up to the school board to decide how that extra $389,000 should be used.

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The administration is expected to recommend using $200,000 of that amount as revenue to lower the tax levy increase while using the remainder to restore some teaching positions, monitor positions, and programs that were initially on the chopping block. That $200,000 would lower the what's considered the district's likely tax levy increase of 4.5 percent to 4.34 percent.

Of particular concern, Carlson said, is the 30 monitor positions that were slated to be cut. That includes a number of monitors assigned to special education classrooms. They are hourly employees; for each monitor position restored, the district would spend about $15,000.

Whether the new state aid figure would save programs set to be eliminated or reduced – such as , Focus, PM school, or – "has yet to be determined," Carlson said.

Had Enuf! April 03, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Now here is a novel idea, one that no board member or admin has thought of....... Why look for ways to spend the funds......use them to offset the proposed increase and save us taxpayers some money....it is after all...our money
Stony Brook Resident April 03, 2012 at 03:49 PM
The salaries of the administrators as well as the district directors at North Country are ridiculously high. Go to www.seethroughny.net. Google their names and take a look at how our taxes are allowing these people to have pricey addresses, luxury cars and second homes. Meanwhile people in our district are living paycheck to paycheck. We need to force them to cut their salaries. They are threatening to cut an array of programs, including making kindergarten half day, and laying off teachers. Absurd.
3vReal April 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
What is fair in your mind for a professional who earns a post-masters professional certification or doctorate and is responsible for designing and implementing an ever changing curriculum that is subject to state laws and mandates that are updated annually, while working with reduced resources under a microscope of scrutiny? I am just curious what ridiculously high means. I guess educators should never aspire to live in a safe area with good schools and are incapable of managing their investments in such a way that they can afford to live the way they choose. Obviously you have never spent time in a classroom nor do you understand the complexities of managing a school district. If anyone could do it they would not need certifications and master's degrees. Just more of the same hate spewed at anyone you can find. Sad!
Stony Brook Resident April 03, 2012 at 09:11 PM
To 3vreal: Why don't you go to the website and view their salaries. It is sad on your part that you defend people taking more than their fare share. They are not the only people to pursue higher degrees. They do not deserve to make twice as much as someone doing the same job in another district on the island. It is sad that you think they are doing a great job balancing the budget and spending or cutting where THEY see fit. It is sad that you think that I don't know what goes on in a classroom or at the administration level. I am a current employee of the district and what I know would make your head spin. It is NOT hate, just the sad truth that they are willing to take away from our children and put it in their pockets. It is sad that there are people like you empowering the administration instead of standing up for where our taxes should go....which is to benefit our children. Don't suggest I move. I and a lot of others in the district cannot afford to. We chose to move to this district because of the reputation, but not to be told that teachers, programs etc. will need to be cut and the salaries of the higher-ups stay the same or increase. It is sad that people like you vote yes and our children suffer.

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