Islip Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, April 23 at 8 a.m. regarding the 2014-2015 BOCES budget.
The East Islip Board of Education response to the Budget Advisory Committee's
presentation can be viewed below.
The second budget presentation (attached below) for the 2014-2015 budget was detailed at the East Islip Board of Education's budget workshop on March 27, along with the Budget Advisory Committee's presentation to the Board (also attached).
At its March 13 business meeting, the East Islip Board of Education voted 4-1 in favor of implementing a new grade span reconfiguration of the district’s four existing elementary schools for 2014-2015. The new structure will help the district maintain its current four elementary school buildings, without an imminent school closure, and will pair elementary school teachers and students by grade in the same buildings next September – a model currently used in other high-performing districts.
In a series of community forums held in February and March, the district reiterated that the model can only enhance educational opportunities and will help to preserve a full-day kindergarten program, reduce current average class sizes, and maintain the current offerings in music and the arts for the 2014-2015 school year. Additionally, the district believes that opportunities for dynamic interaction among a talented teaching staff will be enhanced as it continues to distribute high-level instruction and continuity of curriculum.
Schools will have the following indicated modified grade-level configurations to maximize building capacity, efficiency and services for the district’s elementary student population as follows:
• One K-2 primary school building – north side
• One 3-5 intermediate school building – north side
• One K-2 primary school building – south side
• One 3-5 intermediate school building – south side
The School Board is considering which grades will be housed in each building and will have the respective buildings clarified shortly.
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