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04/28/17 5:55am

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.

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06/08/16 7:00am

Oysterponds Elementary School

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.

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05/17/16 8:00pm

Greenport superintended David Gamberg celebrates the district's budget approval Tuesday. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

You’d have to go back more than 25 years to find the last time a budget was rejected by voters in the Greenport School District.

But with administrators proposing the second largest tax levy percentage increase in Suffolk County, there was a wave of uncertainty surrounding the district heading into Tuesday’s budget vote.

Then they announced the results, and like just about every year, the spending plan was approved by a wide margin.  READ

06/18/14 3:00pm
06/18/2014 3:00 PM
Karen Lund, the school’s training/support specialist, gave a presentation Tuesday night about the district’s combined-grades program. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Karen Lund, the school’s training/support specialist, gave a presentation Tuesday night about the district’s combined-grades program. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Oysterponds Elementary School officials are describing the district’s combined-grades program, introduced in the 2013-14 school year, as a resounding success — and they’re preparing to build upon the new academic structure for the next school year.

This school year, the pre-K through sixth-grade district in Orient combined eight grades into four levels: pre-K and kindergarten as “primary 1,” grades 1 and 2 as “primary 2,” grades 3 and 4 as “intermediate 1” and grades 5 and 6 as “intermediate 2.” (more…)

04/04/14 3:33pm
04/04/2014 3:33 PM
Oysterponds Superintendent Richard Malone, left, and school board president Dorothy-Dean Thomas, right, at a recent school board meeting. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

Oysterponds Superintendent Richard Malone, left, and school board president Dorothy-Dean Thomas, right, at a recent school board meeting. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

The Oysterponds Elementary School District has maintained an excessive fund balance not allowed by law over the last four fiscal years and has failed to develop a policy to protect the school’s electronic data, according to an audit released Friday by the New York State Comptroller’s Office.

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03/26/14 12:25pm
03/26/2014 12:25 PM

Oysterponds Superintendent Richard Malone at Tuesday’s meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Oysterponds school board on Tuesday approved putting a proposed $5.5 million budget for the 2014-15 school year up for vote in May, along with two propositions.

If approved by voters, the proposed budget would increase the district’s tax levy — the total money collected by district taxpayers — by 1.93 percent, keeping it under the state-mandated 2 percent tax levy cap.  (more…)