TODAY'S PAPER
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VOTING

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at E.M. Baker School and South High School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a budget of $223,311,165 for 2017-18, a 1.9 percent increase from the current $219,147,365. The tax levy would rise by 1.26 percent, from $196,097,039 to $198,564,847.

This increase is equal to what is allowed under the district’s tax-cap limit, so a simple majority will be required to approve the budget. The district said it could not calculate the amount of taxes the owner of an average single-family home would pay under the proposed budget because Nassau County has not provided the necessary assessment information.

The proposed budget includes a 2.31 percent average salary increase for teachers, made up of a 2.2 percent step increase and 0.11 percent in other increases.

A proposition asks voters to approve a bond referendum for capital projects. The referendum would authorize the district to issue $68,339,262 in bonds, while an additional $9,507,955 would come from the district’s reserve fund. The district said debt service on the bonds will not impact the budget until 2019-20.

THE CANDIDATES

There are two by-seat positions open. Nikolas Kron and Jeffrey Shi are running for one seat, while Rebecca Sassouni is running unopposed for the other seat. Terms are three years.

Nikolas Kron

BACKGROUND: Kron, 46, is a management consultant. He holds a bachelor’s degree from University College in Dublin and a master’s degree in management from Trinity College in Dublin. He has four children, three of whom attend district schools. He served on the North Shore Hebrew Academy board in 2006.

ISSUES: First, Kron said the community needs to pass the 2017-18 budget. After that, the community needs to make sure that voters approve the amended bond “to allow the district to repair and upgrade our aging infrastructure.” Kron said “this bond is the best way to pay for the repairs and enhancements identified by the community.” Also, Kron said the district and board need to find a constructive way for people with differing opinions about the school district to voice their opinions. He said rumors and misinformation about the district have carried too much of the conversation across Great Neck and its residents. Kron said, “my big agenda item is to have better communication with the community, so they can understand how monies are being spent and where.” “The divisive tone of the conversation is hurting everybody in Great Neck,” he added.

Jeffrey Shi

BACKGROUND: Shi, 47, is a computer systems engineer who has lived in the district for four years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cooper Union. He has a daughter who attends a district school.

ISSUES: Shi said he will work tirelessly to tackle issues of academic excellence, transparency and fiscal responsibility within the district. He said he will notify the public of district meeting agendas through social media channels such as Facebook and WeChat. Shi also said his “empathy for the benefits of all kids in the school district will help” him make the right decisions if elected.

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