The school district last week unveiled the first draft of next year's budget, announcing a total increase of less than $2 million.

Superintendent of Schools David Abbey presented the budget to the Board of Education at its regular meeting where they discussed a proposed $960,000 increase to the operating budget and a $904,500 increase to the capital projects budget.

Eight days later, BOE members planned to decide whether or not to accelerate its rollout of the Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) program by introducing Spanish class to grade five students in September 2010 rather than September 2011, as scheduled. According to Abbey, an additional request for about $93,750 would be made if the board decided to accelerate the FLES program next year.

Another anticipated decision to be made by board members during the second read of the budget was whether or not to transfer about $72,000 from the operating budget to the capital projects budget to cover the purchase of a data warehouse.

"If this is decided, it will not have huge implications for the operating budget," Abbey said on Tuesday.

As of press time on Tuesday, a second draft of the NCPS 2010-2011 budget had not yet been revealed. For an updated story with new information from Tuesday night's second budget meeting, visit www.newcanaannewsonline.com.