VOTING

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Early Childhood Center, also known as the Alfano school.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a budget of $203,623,675 for the 2017-18 school year, a 1.32 percent increase from the current $200,962,132. The tax levy would increase 0.88 percent, from $89,703,273 to $90,494,353.

This increase equals the district’s tax-cap limit, so a simple majority will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home would rise 0.88 percent, from $8,578.89 to $8,654.54.

The proposed budget freezes teacher salaries, with a half-step increase of about $1,700 per teacher deferred until Feb. 1, 2018. Noninstructional staff will be reduced by a number yet to be determined by the school board. The budget provides for five additional teaching positions to accommodate growth: bilingual math, social studies and science teachers as well as one English language arts and one physical education teacher. The budget maintains arts and sports programs.

The district also will reduce spending by modifying its summer school program, continuing to offer it for grades nine to 12 but eliminating it for the elementary grades. The district also is going to run its alternative high school program in-house as a cost-saving measure, instead of paying BOCES.

A proposition seeks voter authorization to withdraw $35,000 from district reserve funds to acquire a strip of land adjacent to Mulligan Middle School, largely to prevent its sale for private development in a lot bordering school property. The purchase would not impact taxes.

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THE CANDIDATES

Incumbents Edna Carbajal, Michele Harriott and Norman Wagner are running unopposed for three at-large seats. Terms are three years.