03/31/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik orchestrating the finishing touches on the school district budget Monday night. He’ll be discussing possible cuts with Board members at hearings on April 8, 13 and, if needed, April 15.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik explaining the finishing touches on the school district budget Monday night. He’ll be discussing possible cuts with Board members at hearings on April 8, 13 and, if needed, April 15.

With the current proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year standing at about $11.3 million, the Board of Education will meet at least twice before the April 22 date when they must adopt a proposal to be submitted to voters in May. (more…)

03/25/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik outlined spending on capital expenses at Monday night’s hearing. The next budget hearing is Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m.

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Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik outlined spending on capital expenses at Monday night’s hearing. The next budget hearing is Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m.

It’s back to the drawing board to craft a proposal for Shelter Island School’s capital spending.

Numbers were given to the Board of Education by Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik at Monday night’s school budget hearing, but BOE members raised questions. The result is the superintendent taking more time to ensure all figures are solid enough to submit to voters in May.
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03/20/15 4:30pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik at last week’s hearing at which he outlined proposed spending on the educational component of the 2015-16 budget. He’ll be back at the podium Monday night with the final proposed piece of spending for 2015-16.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik at last week’s hearing at which he outlined proposed spending on the educational component of the 2015-16 budget. He’ll be back at the podium Monday night with the final proposed piece of spending for 2015-16.

The final piece of the puzzle that makes up the Shelter Island School District budget proposal gets put in place Monday night when Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik outlines proposed spending to cover capital expenditures and athletics. (more…)

03/17/15 12:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik  announced Monday night that the school district might not be able to stay within the mandated 2 percent tax cap for budgets beyond this year.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik announced Monday night that the school district might not be able to stay within the mandated 2 percent tax cap for budgets beyond this year.

The good news from the Shelter Island School District is that the 2015-16 budget won’t pierce the state-imposed tax cap.

But at Monday night’s budget hearing, the bad news arrived: This may be the last year the district can keep dipping into its fund balance — money ticketed for emergencies but used to fund the budget to stay within cap. (more…)