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BOE To Vote on Western Suffolk BOCES Budget

Budget to increase almost 3 percent.

Western Suffolk BOCES have approved a proposed budget with increases for the administrative charge, the capital charge and tuitions for both special education and career and technical education to under 3% for 2010-11.

The Board of Education in all local school districts, including Huntington, will vote on the budget Tuesday, April 27. Huntington's Board of Education will meet at Jack Abrams Intermediate School at 6:30 p.m.

The administrative charge, which is analogous to the tax rate in local districts, will increase 2.9% over the current year. More than half the increase to the BOCES administrative budget came from increases to fringe benefits, such as the MTA tax, ERS contributions, and health insurance costs. The capital charge will increase 2.98% due to increased costs to replace/repair roofs, replace boilers and remove old fuel tanks, according to a newsletter issued by BOCES.

The BOCES administrative and capital charges are distributed to local districts based on a three-year weighted average of their student enrollment.

The total proposed BOCES budget for 2010–11 is $139,228,952. Of this, 3.3% will go to administration; 4.2% will go to post-retirement benefits; and 2.3% will go to the capital budget. The balance, 90.2%, of this proposed budget is driven by the programs and services that local school districts request.

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