Comanda takes over budget planning in New Suffolk

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01/26/2015 8:00 AM |
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Greenport school board approved Superintendent Michael Comanda's retirement request at Wednesday night's meeting.

Michael Comanda, who retired as Greenport’s superintendent, will take over the New Suffolk budget this year. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

New Suffolk school board president Tony Dill confirmed this week he won’t prepare the next spending plan as he’s done in years past.

That’s because the district’s part-time superintendent, Michael Comanda, is now available to take over the process. 

Mr. Dill said he has volunteered to put together school budgets for the past several years and began doing so during former superintendent Bob Feger’s tenure because Mr. Feger spent winters in Arizona, which is when school spending plans are worked out.

Mr. Comanda came on board in New Suffolk in August 2012, after Mr. Feger retired, but wasn’t available to draft New Suffolk’s budget at that time because he was also still serving as superintendent in Greenport and was responsible for preparing that district’s budget, Mr. Dill said.

Now that Mr. Comanda has retired from that post, Mr. Dill said, he will take over New Suffolk’s budget planning process.

Mr. Comanda is expected to tackle a looming $50,000 district shortfall caused by a loss in revenue, Mr. Dill said, noting that additional secondary school tuition costs have increased the budget gap recently.

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