December 13, 2006

Tax Hit Less Than Expected

The final figures are in and there's good news from officials in the East Hampton School District. Because of increased STAR revenues and the district-wide assessment, the tax rate estimated in the budget — about $42 per $100 of assessed valuation — will actually come in about a dollar less, business administrator Isabel Madison reported at last week's school board meeting.

Superintendent Ray Gualtieri also reported good news. District parents had expressed concern about the idea of sending kindergartners to off-campus facilities, or moving fifth and sixth graders around as building projects and renovations get underway next year. The superintendent announced that the district's new construction manager has recommended a timeline that would let the kids stay at John M. Marshall Elementary School.

Middle school renovations will be undertaken and completed using double shifts during the summer months over the course of the next two years. Using that timeline, the district won't need to house middle schoolers in portable trailers or send the youngest students to facilities at the Most Holy Trinity Church.

"That's good news," board member John Ryan responded. He recalled that the school has sent kids to MHT in the past. It has worked out, but was both logistically complicated and expensive, he said.

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