If you missed it, check out today’s story on what’s next for the four school districts with defeated budgets.
Among them was Ossining’s $102.3 million budget that was rejected by 170 votes. The budget included 25 fewer jobs and cuts to after-school and summer school programs, and represented a 1.45 percent spending increase.
The Board of Education will meet Monday to decide on a plan of action. Board President Alice Joselow said this week she senses they will craft an intermediary budget rather than go with a contingency plan. A contingency budget calls for $1.3 million in additional cuts and does not include money for new equipment, capital improvements and nonessential maintenance.
“It’s going to be a very challenging process,” Joselow said. “We’re going to have to make more cuts, which is never easy.”
Joselow said they were “profoundly” disappointed in the results and that Ossining has not had a budget defeat since the early 1990s. The district conducted an exit poll Tuesday to get feedback from residents on how and why they voted, Joselow said. Some residents argued they wanted to send a message that they cannot afford the tax rate increases and that cuts should be made to the “top heavy” administration.