VOTING

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fifth Avenue Elementary School, Dickinson Avenue Elementary School and William J. Brosnan School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $163,306,840 budget for 2017-18, a 1.19 percent increase from the current $161,380,883. The tax levy would increase 1.46 percent, from $140,920,356 to $142,972,406.

This increase is within the district’s tax-cap limit of 1.67 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.

School taxes on the average single-family house would increase 1.71 percent, from $6,693.09 to $6,807.74. The proposed budget includes a 1.25 percent salary increase and a 1.43 percent average step increase for teachers.

Two teacher positions and six aide positions would be cut because of declining enrollment. Programs and class sizes would be maintained at current levels.

A proposition would authorize the district to spend $1,577,500 from a capital reserve fund to resurface two tennis courts and replace auditorium seating at William J. Brosnan School, install gymnasium windows at East Northport Middle School, and replace circuit breaker panels and install an emergency building generator at Northport High School.

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THE CANDIDATES

Incumbent Donna McNaughton and candidate Thomas Loughran are running for one at-large seat. The term is three years.

Donna McNaughton

BACKGROUND: McNaughton, 54, is a lifelong resident of the district and graduated from Northport High School. She was elected to the school board in 2009, lost a re-election bid in 2012, then was re-elected to the board in 2014. McNaughton has an associate degree in dental hygiene from Farmingdale State College. She is the vice president and a founder of the Foundation for Resources in the East-Northport-Northport Schools, and is a member of the executive board of the district’s Community Drug and Alcohol Task Force. McNaughton, who was a PTA president, works as a child care provider in her home. Her four children graduated from district schools.

ISSUES: McNaughton said that declining enrollment in the district is opening up building space, which can be used to house additional science programs and create a nine-period day at the middle school. McNaughton said that LIPA’s ongoing tax grievance will greatly impact the finances of the district, and the problem “continues to be something we’ll have on the horizon.” She criticized what she called the “ever-changing requirements from the state and federal level that very often impede our children.”

Thomas Loughran

BACKGROUND: Loughran, 38, has lived in the district for 30 years and is a graduate of Northport High School. He is a paralegal specializing in civil rights with a law firm in Carle Place. Loughran is studying organizational leadership and political science at Fordham University in Manhattan, and studied political science at Suffolk County Community College. He earned a certificate from the American Bar Association-accredited program in paralegal studies at Hofstra University. Loughran was a member of the Commack Volunteer Ambulance Corps from 1996 to 2006.

ISSUES: “The perspective I bring to the board is that I represent the faction of the population that struggles to live here,” Loughran said, adding, “I love my community, love the fact that the kids are getting an excellent education, but I’m dismayed that the cost of living is so incredibly high that many of us are forced to work two and three jobs just to afford to live here.” Loughran said that in his job, “I also deal day in and day out with a variety of issues facing a long list of school districts across Long Island and throughout New York State.”