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East Meadow school district

VOTING

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Barnum Woods Elementary School, Bowling Green School, George McVey Elementary School, Meadowbrook Elementary School and Parkway Elementary School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $195,794,375 budget for 2016-17, a 0.03 percent decrease from the current $195,844,798. The tax levy would rise by 0.04 percent, from $129,882,468 to $129,931,019.

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

School taxes on the average single-family home would increase by 0.04 percent, from $7,235.64 to $7,238.53.

The district is currently in contract negotiations with its teachers. The proposed budget does not include any cuts or additions in programs or services.

  • District website:

eastmeadow.k12.ny.us

THE CANDIDATES

Three by-seat positions are open. Incumbent Jeffrey Rosenking is being challenged by Matthew G. Melnick, while incumbent Joseph Parisi and candidate Marcee Rubenstein are running unopposed. Terms are three years.

Matthew G. Melnick

BACKGROUND: Melnick, 38, is an attorney who has lived in the district for eight years. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. He has three children, one of whom is old enough to attend a district school. Melnick is a licensed instructor for real estate professionals, and is involved in the East Meadow Jewish Center’s fundraising initiatives.

ISSUES: The most immediate concern for the board in the coming year is the hiring of a new superintendent, Melnick said. “Selecting the right candidate for superintendent is crucial in building on the recent immense progress made within the district, with the implementation of full-day kindergarten and the increased support for the opt-out movement,” he said. Melnick added that his work as an attorney as well as his background in finance makes him a strong candidate. “While I don’t represent myself to be an expert in education, there is more than that to being on the board,” he said. “That is where I will be able to help — reviewing things, and looking at all sides of the matter to make the best decision to benefit the district.”

Jeffrey Rosenking

BACKGROUND: Rosenking, 54, is a program management consultant who has lived in the district for 22 years. He has a master’s degree in computer science from the New York Institute of Technology and a master’s certificate in information technology project management from the George Washington University School of Business. Rosenking has two children who attended district schools. He is on the board of directors of the Community Association of Stewart Avenue and of Honor Flight Long Island, which takes World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial. He has been on the board since 2010.

ISSUES: Finding ways to maintain long-term “financial solvency” within the tax cap while facing state mandates and keeping educational programs sound is getting “tougher and tougher,” he said. He also said the search for a new superintendent was vital. “We want someone who is going to be a long-term asset to the community,” he said. Rosenking said the board needs to focus on what is next in the Common Core debate. “We’ve taken a lead position and, listening to our constituents, pushed back on Albany,” he said. “But they are threatening to take our funding away, which would hurt our community, so we have to be cautious.”

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