Roslyn Board of Education adopts $122M budget for 2022-23 fiscal year

Roslyn Board of Education adopts $122M budget for 2022-23 fiscal year
Roslyn residents voted on the board of education's adopted budget on May 17. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The Roslyn Board of Education adopted a $122,145,193 budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year on Thursday night. 

The budget calls for a 2.93 percent increase in spending from the current year and a 2.48 percent increase in the tax levy, which falls under the tax levy limit of 3.7 percent. 

The proposed tax levy totals $101,148,675. 

Board President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy said she was very appreciative of the board and School Superintendent Allison Brown.

“I thank you, Allison, the administration and my fellow board members once again for all their hard work on the budget,” Ben-Levy said. “I am proud to present the community with a spending plan that I believe serves the needs of our community and respects the current climate.”

Roslyn residents will vote on the final budget on May 17 and, if approved, it will take effect July 1, the beginning of the fiscal year. 

On March 3, the budget draft called for a 3.07 percent increase in spending due to a number of factors including retirements and lowering the transfer from the capital reserve as a result of costs, Brown said. 

“There’s a lot of unknowns as we all can imagine and as we move forward I’m comfortable that we have balanced that by bringing down other items,” Brown said during the March 24 budget meeting. “We were able to prioritize things we need and things we can hold off on.” 

Brown previously acknowledged there was an enrollment boom this school year and that the district found out about it after the current budget was adopted. The superintendent said time will tell if it is a trend or a bubble but the current budget reflects staffing increases to break up large classes at elementary schools. 

At East Hills School, there will be two section increases in fifth grade while one section decreases in fourth grade. At Harbor Hill School, fifth grade will see two section increases. 

Roslyn Middle School and Roslyn High School have contingency positions in place to account for next year’s influx of students, Brown said. 

Roslyn High School’s science program has increased due to the offering of more elective courses recently and the budget reflects more staffing to accommodate the surge, Brown told the board in March. 

Regarding the “disparity of state aid the district receives year over year,” members of the board advocated for more funding in a meeting with Assemblyman Charles Lavine, Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti and state Sen. Anna Kaplan. 

The three representatives understood the board’s position and were “truly impressed,” Brown said, with the district’s offerings for students. 

“We have consistently stayed under a 2 percent tax levy in our budgets because we believe if we don’t need it we will not ask,” Brown said in March. “So if we are asking this year, it’s because we need it to sustain, maintain and build and grow what people expect in Roslyn.” 

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