11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the school gymnasium.

THE BUDGET

The district is proposing a budget of $16,483,826 for the 2010-11 school year, an increase of 2.27 percent over the current budget of $16,118,690. The local tax levy would rise from $14,626,596 to $15,255,109, an increase of 4.3 percent.

The average single-family home assessed at $928,751 would pay property taxes of $5,504.20, an estimated increase of 7.38 percent over the current figure of $5,125.68.

The proposed budget also includes a salary increase of 3.75 percent for the average teacher. The average contract raise and step increase is about $6,000, the district estimated. The budget eliminates 13 teaching assistant positions - five due to a decline in the number of special education students. One teaching position is being eliminated through attrition. No programs or services will be cut.

In addition to the budget, there are three propositions on the ballot.

The first would allow the board of trustees to levy $55,275 in taxes so the district can participate in the Southampton Youth Association.

The second would allow the district to spend $7,868 to participate in the Parrish Art Museum.

The third would authorize the district to contract out for the education of its students in grades 9-12, and provide transportation for the students.

District website:

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tuckahoe.k12.ny.us

 

THE CANDIDATES

Daniel Crough, Daphne F. Gil and Michael V. Hadix are running for one seat that carries a three-year term. Incumbent Susan Riccardi is not seeking re-election.

Daniel Crough

BACKGROUND: Crough, 41, has lived in the district for 11 years. He is an emergency physician at Southampton Hospital. Crough received a bachelor's degree from Le Moyne College and a medical doctorate from the former SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine. He and his wife, Allyson, have two children in Tuckahoe schools.

ISSUES: Crough said his goal is to re-establish community trust in the school board by adhering to best practices, such as refraining from becoming "too intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of the school."

"It divides people," he said of the practice, "and it intimidates the staff." Crough said while he believes that Tuckahoe ultimately would benefit by becoming a union free school district, a change that would allow for more than three members on the school board, he does not think now is the best time for that. Crough added that he wants to bring a positive presence to the board. "I think I'm a guy that people will be comfortable with," he said. "And I think that's what the school needs right now."

 

Daphne F. Gil

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BACKGROUND: Gil, 45, has lived in the district for eight years. She is a preschool classroom teacher at a preschool and day care center in Southampton. Gil received a bachelor's degree from Middlebury College. She and her husband, David J. D'Agostino, have two children in Tuckahoe schools.

ISSUES: Gil said she wants to address what she calls a "disconnect" between the current school board and Tuckahoe district residents. "I want to give voice to those people that maybe are quieter in the district, but their needs are just as valid," Gil said. She said she supports the idea of turning Tuckahoe into a union free district. "When you have more people on the board, you can represent a more diverse group of people," she said. Gil also said her teaching background would be useful when the district and its teachers renegotiate their contract. "To speak the same language as the people you're negotiating with is helpful," she said.

 

Michael V. Hadix

BACKGROUND: Hadix, 44, has lived in the district for 12 years. He is a vice president at a local bank. Hadix received a bachelor's degree from Springfield College and an MBA from Long Island University. He and his wife, Nicole, have two children in Tuckahoe schools.

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ISSUES: Hadix said his background in finance would prove an asset to the school board. "What I bring is a finance background, the ability to review numbers and work on significant budgets, that my other candidates at this point don't have," he said. Hadix also said the district was "fractured," with factions loyal to the previous superintendent and that the job of the school board would be to heal the divide. He said he is open to finding out more about how potentially becoming a union free school district would affect the school. And, he said, during upcoming negotiations with teachers, wage and bonus freezes "should be on the table," mostly to address high taxes.