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Sachem School Board approves new budget that would eliminate around 20 additional jobs

There will be a budget hearing on June 11 and a vote on the budget on June 18.

Caroline Flynn and Thema Ponton

Jun 4, 2024, 9:59 AM

Updated 16 days ago

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The Sachem School Board approved a new budget Tuesday that would eliminate about 20 additional positions in the district.
The Board Trustees at the meeting voted unanimously to approve the nearly $375 million revised 2024-2025 budget.
Voters will be asked to approve a 1.92% tax increase, which is about $11 more a month in taxes for the average family.
The proposed budget would increase the elementary class size, reducing five positions.
It also would reduce five social workers, put in one librarian at each district high school, reduce four positions in the secondary staff and reduce three positions in the sixth-grade foreign language department.
The budget also calls for the elimination of overnight and out-of-state trips, elimination of club buses, the elimination of district-paid PSAT fees and more.
There will be a budget hearing on June 11 and a vote on the budget on June 18.
Voters must go to the district office in Lake Ronkonkoma to cast their paper ballot. The ballots will then be counted by hand.
District officials say the vote count will be live-streamed.
If the budget is defeated for a second time, the Board of Education must adopt a contingency budget.


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