VOTING

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Wheatley School gymnasium.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $56,687,113 budget for 2015-16, a 1.68 percent increase from the current $55,749,034. The local tax levy would increase 1.80 percent, from $52,207,620 to $53,145,699.

This increase falls within the state's tax-cap limit of 2.5 percent, so a simple majority vote is needed to approve the budget. The district did not provide figures for the dollar amount of the school tax paid on an average single-family home, citing continually changing assessment rolls that will not be finalized until September.

The proposed budget includes estimated increases in teacher salaries subject to negotiations. It also calls for the reduction of one part-time and three full-time noninstructional positions, as well as the addition of one part-time and five full-time instructional positions.

In addition, residents will vote on two propositions. The first would authorize the board of education to spend up to $2 million already deposited in the district's 2013 Capital Project Reserve Fund for various capital improvement projects at Willets Road School -- including unit ventilator replacement, partial casework replacement, and steam control valve installation.

The second proposition will authorize the board of education to establish a 2015 Capital Project Reserve Fund with a probable term of five years and an ultimate amount of $3.5 million, the source of which will be transfers from the general fund and accrued interest. That reserve fund will focus on improvements at The Wheatley School -- including lavatory reconstruction, abatement and replacement of flooring, and reconstruction of tennis courts. It will also fund replacement of exterior doors and kitchen ventilation at Willets Road School, as well as the replacement of vinyl windows at North Side School.

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THE CANDIDATES

Incumbents Robert V. Fallarino and Leonard Hirsch are both running unopposed. Terms are three years.