Sag Harbor School District Adopts $35.51 Million Budget; Seven To Run For School Board


The Sag Harbor School Board on Monday night adopted a $35.51 million budget for 2013-14 that maintains all programs and comes in below the allowable New York State tax levy cap.

The proposed spending plan is 3.88-percent more than this year’s $34.18 million plan. The proposed tax levy of $32.74 million is about 3.78 percent more than this year’s $31.55 million tax levy, but because of exceptions to and exclusions from the 2-percent cap, Sag Harbor is allowed a maximum tax levy increase of 4.06 percent.

Some additions to an initially proposed plan include spending $30,000 more to upgrade communications systems at Sag Harbor Elementary School and $40,000 to install security cameras at all exterior doors at Pierson Middle/High School and an entry alert system.

The budget vote will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21, at the Pierson Middle/High School gymnasium.

In addition to the budget, voters will be asked to approve two propositions: one is a formality to keep the bus transportation system as it currently exists in place. The other is to use $240,000 from the proposed budget and $873,600 from an existing facilities renovation capital reserve fund to repair the elementary school roof, the middle/high school gym roof and high school bleachers.

Seven candidates will run for four seats on the board: Incumbents Chris Tice, Ed Drohan and Susan Kinsella, as well as Thomas Re, Daniel Hartnett, Jonathan Glynn and David Diskin.

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