The East Quogue School District will be asking taxpayers to vote on a proposed $25.1 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year, which will increase the tax levy by roughly 2.7 percent. Voting on a school budget is less urgent for many people now that the state has instituted a tax cap.
Some of the polls open as early as 7 a.m. and they're open until 9 p.m. tonight. The next phase for the budget is a public hearing at the next board meeting on May 21.
In recent years, teachers, staff and administration have recognized the increasing needs of mainstream students unable to manage their emotions and behavior. School tax rates are set after the district receives the final tax assessment roll in August.
In addition to the school budget in East Greenbush, voters will decide on the purchase of 10 new school buses, a new bus purchase reserve fund and elect four Board of Education members.More news: Ireland Exit Under-17 European Championships In Controversial Shootout
CLINTON - Clinton Central School has proposed a $27.9 million budget, calling for a slight spending increase and amount to be raised by taxes for school year 2018-19. But, this time it is Muskegon Public Schools that must find a way to deal with a budget shortfall threatening the district's stability.
A schedule for five followup meetings to take place in schools around the district will be released in the coming days.
The board will vote this Monday whether to approve the tentative budget.
Incumbent Christopher Hudson will have a free run while seeking his second three-year term on the board, as he is running unopposed.More news: Dave Grohl Set to Record Epic 25-Minute Instrumental Piece
However, the district will still be subject to federal law, which requires releasing a rating based on test scores, graduation rates, and other student and school achievement data.
Board member T.J. Mertz said the proposed policy change implied there's a current problem with board members' requests for information - including, he said, inquiries that have uncovered changes to special education staffing levels that the board was not notified about and an increase in the number of bilingual and special education staff not being fully licensed.
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 a year ago, meaning that no revotes were needed in June. Mitchell Lemaire, who had been a former board member, was appointed to fill a vacancy left by Kelly Flint in September.
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There are two candidates for the two open seats on the School Board. Also vying for a seat on the board are newcomers Katrina Talbot Bratge and Denise A. Szarek.