Oysterponds BOE expected to adopt proposed $5.4 million budget tonight

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | From right, Oysterponds school board vice president Dorothy-Dean Thomas and trustees Krista de Kerillis and Linda Goldsmith. The Board of Education meeting is tonight at the elementary school in Orient.

The Oysterponds Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Orient tonight.

The board is expected to vote on Superintendent Joan Frisicano’s proposed $5.4 million budget. The spending plan carries an estimated 2.5 percent increase to the tax levy. That would raise $121,616 above this year’s figure.

The district is allowed to exceed the state’s newly mandated 2 percent cap because certain expenses, such as employee health insurance and pensions, are exempt from the law.

The school’s librarian, as well as a special education teacher and teacher assistant will be laid off next year if the tentative budget is approved. Earlier this month, Ms. Frisicano said during a budget workshop that she was able to add the school’s special education director back into her proposed spending plan.

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Oysterponds Board of Education agenda, April 17, 2012