Sewanhaka OK’s $244.7M budget for 2023-2024

Sewanhaka OK’s $244.7M budget for 2023-2024
Sewanhaka High School, as seen in Floral Park. (Photo courtesy of Future Engineers)

Sewanhaka Central High School District residents voted to approve the 2023-2024 $244.7 million budget Tuesday night and a proposition to spend $4.25 million for capital improvements. 

The budget, which includes funding for Elmont, Floral Park, H. Frank Carey, New Hyde Park and Sewanhaka High Schools passed with 2,477 out of 3,861 total votes, or 64.15%.

The budget is a $17.3 million, or 7.63%, increase budget-to-budget from the current year. 

The tax levy increases by 2.33% from the current year, which falls under the 2.59% allowable growth factor, which is determined by the state.

Based on district enrollment numbers from the 2022-2023 school year, Sewanhaka is spending $31,491.82 per pupil according to the proposed budget.

State aid accounts for 82.5% of the $17.3 million increase in revenue, totaling $72.2 million, a $14.3 million increase from the current year.

Administration costs in the budget, a total of $29,463,085, are increased by 3.23% from the current year while program and capital costs have increased by 7.94% and 10.34%, respectively.

The ballot proposition, which does not affect the tax levy, passed with 2,731 out of 3,861 total votes, or 70.73%.

Sewanhaka’s proposition allows the district to expend $4.25 million from the capital reserve to upgrade cafeterias and kitchens at all four high schools except Sewanhaka, which recently had them done, expanding the career and technical education program facility and general interior upgrades.

Floral Park Memorial High School is set to have two exterior doors replaced, auditorium upgrades for light and sound, boys’ locker room floor and locker replacement and the re-painting of the gymnasium for a total cost of $376,488.

Frank Carey High School capital projects include two exterior door replacements, auditorium light and sound system replacements, window glazing and steam trap replacements and a concrete sidewalk replacement on the west side of the building for $337,932.

New Hyde Park Memorial High School’s upgrades include replacing the exterior groundskeeper door, auditorium light and sound replacements and a concrete sidewalk replacement on the south side for a total of $303,345.

Sewanhaka High School is set to receive restoration to its clock tower, masonry repairs, new interior doors in both locker rooms, auditorium light and sound upgrades and a pump replacement for $464,940.

Districtwide projects include upgrading security cameras, replacing the roof on the district’s storage building and replacing the small bus lot at the Alva T. Stanforth Sports Complex in Elmont for $652,825.

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