The Oysterponds School District is proposing a spending increase of $24,373 — or .43 percent — in its 2017-18 school budget.
The district plans to raise the tax levy by .48 percent to stay under the tax cap. That translates to an increase of 18 cents per $100 of assessed value. An average home assessed at $6,000 would have an estimated increase of $10.82, according to a district budget brochure.
Could Oysterponds students soon have the option of attending junior and senior high school on Shelter Island?
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Because Oysterponds Elementary School students read a combined 310 books in one month.
While Southold Town was established more than 350 years ago, one of its public school districts is just now celebrating its 50th birthday this summer. The Oysterponds School District was created in 1966 after the North Fork’s easternmost hamlets, Orient and East Marion, merged their school systems, which were each nearly 90 years old at the time.
The Oysterponds Board of Education has adopted a nearly $5.6 million budget for next school year that covers increases in pre-K and other educational programs, as well as professional development.
The majority of Oysterponds School District voters approved a window project for the elementary school Tuesday night.
The third and final phase of Oysterponds Elementary School’s window replacement project will go up for public vote March 1.
When Oysterponds Elementary School in Orient established a pre-kindergarten program a few years ago, it did so to combat dwindling enrollment by attracting new families to the district.
In the center of the gymnasium at Oysterponds Elementary School Tuesday afternoon, a second-grader stood holding a plate that read “sun.” A few feet away, another student spun in circles while holding a sign reading “Earth.” READ
The Oysterponds School District’s annual summer report will be presented Aug. 4 at Poquatuck Hall in Orient.
Oysterponds school board members will be on hand to have an informal discussion about the pre-K through sixth-grade district and its future plans.
The meeting starts at 5 p.m. and is open to the public.
For more information, call the school at (631) 323-2410.