Area voters to decide school budgets, board seats

Hannah Rogers
May 15, 2018

Polls open at the school gymnasium at noon Tuesday and stay open until 9 p.m.

In New Rochelle, the budget will need at least 60 percent of voters to approve the spending plan in order to pass. "The school board might be within its rights to make requesters of large requests pay a fee for records even if they serve on the school board".

The Mamaroneck school district is seeking approval for a $138.9 million budget, which is up 2.84 percent over the current spending package.

School districts across state will hold annual budget votes and school board elections on Tuesday. The proposed budget includes a total increase of 1.72 percent and a proposed tax levy increase of 2.76 percent, which is below the district's tax cap limit of 2.78 percent. Polls are open into the evening in all districts from Montauk to Bridgehampton.

The board will also vote Monday whether to accept a $280,000 bid from Horizon Construction Group Inc. of Sandy Lake to fix the high school retaining wall.

A full 100 percent of districts' spending plans in Nassau and Suffolk counties - 124 budgets in all - passed in the initial round of balloting at this time previous year, meaning that no revotes were needed in June.

Voting will be from 2 to 8 the Wainscott School.

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Voters will decide on the 2018-19 general budget as well as a proposition to purchase two 66-passenger school buses and for one seat on the board of education.

For many districts, the proposed 2018-19 budgets provide a chance to restore student programs and services lost during the years immediately following the Great Recession. The proposed overall budget is $12,232,212. The seat on the three-member board was vacated by longtime member Joseph Louchheim, publisher of the Press News Group, who decided not to seek reelection after serving three, three-year terms on the board.

The board plans to reject all bids for fix of storm piping and inlets, concrete stairs and the segmental retaining wall as this work was found to be unnecessary, saving the district about $200,000, Superintendent Pat Gavin said.

A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value.

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