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School District Passes Resolution to Join Federal Sequestration Prevention Campaign

The BOE joins NYSSBA in an effort to prevent budget cuts.

In an effort to prevent congressional budget and federal programming cuts, the Farmingdale School District passed a resolution to join the New York State School Board's Association (NYSSBA).

According to various reports, federal education programs would be cut by an average of 8.2 percent nationally which would result in over $155,000 loss of federal aid for the Farmingdale School District.

The budget cuts would go into effect at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year which would result in increased class sizes and program cuts including those designed to help student with disabilities. 

“It is vital to inform the community and be proactive in responding to the unfortunate possibility of reduction in federal aid and programs,” said John Lorentz, Farmingdale School District Superintendent.

“It is very important to be strong advocates against the current sequestration plan in order to save all of our current curriculum programs," he said.

John Capobianco, Farmingdale School District Board of Education Trustee, agreed that the budget cuts are significant. 

“The resolution that the board unanimously passed highlights our concern that these cuts would be detrimental to our students’ programs and the local property taxpayers. We are in the process of reaching out to our local elected officials to make them aware of our concerns," he said.

The Board of Education is inviting residents to discuss their concerns at the next public meeting on Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. at Howitt Middle School cafeteria. 

For more information on district initiatives, visit the district's website.

Dan November 30, 2012 at 04:10 PM
What is the current amount in the "Reserve Funds" account? The amount is staggering. The tax payers of Farmingdale need to ask questions and get involved with the School Board Budgets. Otherwise they'll continue to raise School Taxes without hesitation. Ask questions and demand straight answers. No one will be able to afford living here soon. If not already.
Yankee Man November 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM
There is no reserve fund account....they board voted to use every cent of it last year to balance the budget, rather than cutting the positions that were causing the budget shortfalls. One year later, we still have the positions, their high cost, and no reserve to pay for them. They wasted the resever fund in other words. Now the cutting shall begin !!!
Dan December 01, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Don't be so sure Soup Nazi. Go to the meeting this week and ask that question directly and demand a straight answer. "What is the current balance in the reserve fund today?" They DID NOT use every cent last year. They took SOME funds from the reserve account to bolster the budget. I assure you that they DID NOT deplete the reserve fund.
John E. Capobianco December 03, 2012 at 01:46 AM
The auditors are schedule to give their presentation Wednesday night, please be there to hear the numbers for yourself.

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