TODAY'S PAPER
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VOTING

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin High School.

THE BUDGET

The district is proposing a budget of $128,471,371 for 2017-18, a 1.26 percent increase from the current $126,875,156.

The tax levy would increase 1.77 percent, from $90,311,057 to $91,907,272.

This increase is equal to the district’s tax-cap limit, so a simple majority will be required to approve the budget.

The district declined to provide further information about teacher raises or estimated school taxes on the average single-family home despite requests by phone and email.

A proposition is on the ballot that would establish a capital reserve fund.

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbent Karyn Reid and candidates Ashley Davis and Joan Kenyon-Woods are running for one at-large seat. The term is three years.

Ashley Davis

BACKGROUND: Davis, 28, has lived in the district for 26 years. She has two bachelor degrees from Ohio State University, and a master of education degree from Rutgers University. Davis is currently a doctoral student in the educational psychology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and a graduate teaching fellow in the Hunter College department of psychology. She also is an adjunct lecturer in the Queens College Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

ISSUES: Davis said that she is running for the school board because “this is a chance to give back to the community that gave me so much.” Davis said attending Baldwin schools gave her a strong footing for college, allowing her to graduate college with two bachelor degrees in four years. Davis said if elected, she will provide “fresh, innovative ideas about ways to continue offering high-quality learning experiences without placing an additional burden on taxpayers.” She said that parents should be made aware of impending class size changes, and that class sizes shouldn’t be changed “after children have gotten settled.”

Joan Kenyon-Woods

BACKGROUND: Kenyon-Woods, 54, has lived in the district for 20 years. She is a school social worker in the New York City school district. She has a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University, a master’s degree in school administration from The College of New Rochelle and a master of social work from Stony Brook University. Kenyon-Woods previously taught high school English Language Arts in the Uniondale and Freeport districts, and at Excelsior Preparatory High School in Queens. Kenyon-Woods has served as the PTA president at Baldwin Middle School. She has three children — two district graduates, and one attending a private school.

ISSUES: Kenyon-Woods said that she wants to “increase community engagement in the programs and activities” in Baldwin. “As a parent and educator who understands that the board serves the entire community, I will prioritize the board’s goals in a manner that reflects the residents’ needs,” she said. “Clarity around the needs of the community will ensure success and keep Baldwin a place where people will seek to reside,” she said.

Karyn Reid

BACKGROUND: Reid, 46, has lived in the district for 15 years and was elected to the school board in 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree from Governors State University in Illinois. Reid previously was a math teacher in the Uniondale and New York City school districts, and co-founded Friends of Baldwin Schools, a coalition of teachers, parents and other community members seeking to preserve the quality of district education. Reid has two children who attended or attend district schools.

ISSUES: Reid said that as a school board member it is a “constant struggle juggling the funds” to pay for new state “unfunded mandates . . . without having to make cuts to other school programs.” Reid said as a board member, she has “worked collaboratively with my colleagues, the superintendent and her administrative team to make decisions about programs, staffing and infrastructure to enhance our school district.” She said she has lobbied state legislators “for our share of funding so that we can continue the signature programs that our community has come to expect of our school district.”

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story omitted a proposition that appeared on the ballot.

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