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Malverne shares proposed spending plan for 2019-20

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Malverne Union Free School District's Board of Ed held its first proposed 2019-20 budget presentation on Feb. 26 to discuss their plans for the following school year. The board proposed a spending plan of $58.7 million, an increase of 2.84 percent. As the Herald went to press on Monday, the board held its most recent budget meeting on Tuesday.

The overall projected budget increase is below the district’s average year-to-year increase of 3.82 percent. In addition, the tax levy, or the total amount that the district can collect to meet expenses, for the 2019-20 school year will be roughly $44.4 million, for an increase of 2.98 percent year-over-year.

The district’s budgetary goals include:

1. Inform and involve the public and employees about the budget and budget developments.

2. Keep the tax levy below the tax cap while maintaining quality programs, appropriate staffing levels, and meeting state and federal mandates.

3. Maintain reasonable class size.

4. Keep up with facility maintenance.

5. Maintain curriculum and staff development.

6. Maintain existing curricular and co-curricular programs.

7. Maintain services that meet the needs of a wide range of students.

8. Keep up security at schools.

9. Utilize technology and technology instruction to students.

The district will present its final budget proposal at a hearing on May 14, at 8 p.m., in the high school’s library.