Please be advised that the article in the Oceanside/ Island Park Herald regarding our school budget has wrong information. The Herald has already removed the article from their website and will be issuing a retraction or correction.
The Herald inaccurately stated that Oceanside Schools is hiring 40-50 teachers and custodial staff. That is NOT ACCURATE. These staff members were hired for the 2020-21 school year to support our district through the pandemic. The positions are no longer necessary and therefore not part of the proposed 2021-2022 budget.
The Herald also inaccurately stated that we will continue to purchase additional PPE equipment such as masks and desk barriers. Again, this is NOT ACCURATE . While we will maintain all safety precautions, there are no additional costs in the proposed budget.
To be clear, our proposed budget is an increase of 1.57% and our tax levy is UNDER THE TAX CAP. This year's budget maintains the previous programs we have been exceptionally proud of and wish to continue.
If you have any questions regarding the budget we welcome you to reach out to Mr. Cokley, the Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations at 516-678-1209.
The revised article by the Herald can be found here.