Mt. Sinai Super: 'Expect Those Programs To Be Gone'

After budget fails, Mt. Sinai looks to make cuts to present a budget at the tax cap level.

The Mt. Sinai School District tried piercing the tax levy cap in order to keep its current program, but the , which means cuts to the program are likely.

"Obviously everybody’s disappointed, we’ve got to go through it again and spend some money," Superintendent Anthony Bonasera said. "The law is the law, 55 percent of the people voted on the budget and that was no longer the majority. That’s what we’re dealing with."

At previous budget presentations, the district , and now that the district must present a budget at the cap, Bonasera said residents should expect those cuts to be made.

"I would expect everything we spoke to the public about during our budget forums and workshops, I would expect those programs to be gone," he said. "Our budget only went up eight-tenths of a percent, the thing that killed us was on the revenue side, which we really have no control over."

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Mt. Sinai lost approximately four million dollars in state aid and assessment levy, according to Bonasera, and the district turned to piercing the cap in order to keep the current program.

"The board's postions was, we will give you an opportunity to vote on the existing program, which in order to fund it we had to pierce the cap...and the community spoke," Bonasera said. "We had almost 2,400 votes, probably 1,000 more voters than we’ve had in prior elections, of that 968 of them were parents of kids in school."

Bonasera points to the older demographic of the community and a lack of voting from the younger residents as reasons the budget did not garner the support it needed in order to pass.

"The younger people aren’t voting," he said. "I don’t know if it’s a situation where they think it’s going to pass or they’re saying 'my vote doesn’t count', but their vote does count."

The Board of Education and administration will hold an executive session on May 22 to discuss particulars of the new budget. A public board meeting is scheduled for June 13, a week before the budget re-vote on June 19. Bonasera said it is possible there will be another public session beforehand, but nothing has been decided yet.

Matthew Lott May 17, 2012 at 04:01 AM
The party is over in this affluent neighborhood.
joe f May 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I fond it funny this guy makes over 200 gs and they wonder why they have no money. Judging by his appearence he looks like he's not starving or anything . Ppl like this make me sick. If u care about the kids so much instead of your fat paycheck take a pay reduction instead of robbing our tax payers
I Live Here Too May 17, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Bonasara is inferring that those of us who voted no are either old or have no kids. Not the case. I am NOT old and I do have children attending MS schools. My no vote is telling the board and administration to go back and start fixing this mess. And stop threatening "the children." Taking money out of my pocket hurts my kids too.
I Live Here Too May 17, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Joe- he makes over $400k in salary plus benefits. Lots of benefits. He's on his way out and we get to pay for his plush retirement for the rest of his life. Teachers and administrators are guaranteed their retirement incomes, with increases and benefits. Whereas I have my 401k to count on and it fluctuates with the market.
Richard Conti May 17, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I was very happy to see the Community step up and defeat this inflated budget. Rich C. For too long residents sat back and did not hold the administration and Board accountable. What they fail to recognize is that the school tax rate in Mount Sinai is obscene. While it may be a plus that we have an affluent school district, it is driving people out and no one will buy a home with these kinds of taxes.
Mount Sinai Resident as well May 17, 2012 at 11:27 PM
This is Bonasera's last year. And his salary is largely overstated. They are calculating accrued sick days and benefits into that figure.
work,live&lovein mt sinai May 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM
He took 500k out over 2 years for that time...he robbed this district & allowed other to rob it as well
Matthew Lott May 18, 2012 at 08:01 AM
The teacher's new contract and the Super's contract ending this year, is uploaded above.
Mount Sinai Resident May 18, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Yes my kids are students and out taxes are too high from not enough people voting. NO in the past budgets. I voted NO. The oldest trick in the school admin handbook is threaten the kids and extra activities. Complain aBout mandates that they lobby for is another good one. Protect teacher jobs and their own jobs is priority. How is it that they develop a budget that is supposed to be about cost effective education yet the administration focuses on the contrary? There. Would be more teachers if we cut the adminisrrative wastes and had reasonable salaries. Wake up residents. NO MORE INCREASES! VOTE NO in June again.
work,live&lovein mt sinai May 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
You got that right! Cut the administraters 2 asst principals in elementary & 2 asst in H. S plus 2 "Deans" in H. S plus principles. Plus several other "administraters" throughout the district ....the tiny tiny district ..why so many & why aren't we a top school?


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