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Herricks school district

VOTING

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Herricks Community Center.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $110,310,540 budget for 2016-17, a 1.91 percent increase from the current $108,240,992. The tax levy would rise by 0.16 percent, from $92,448,825 to $92,598,414.

This increase is lower than the district’s tax-cap limit of 0.36 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.

The amount of school taxes on the average single-family home is not available because the county has not provided the data needed to make the calculations, according to district officials.

The proposed budget funds a contractual increase of 1 percent and a 1.1 percent average step increase for teachers. The budget would add one full-time special education teacher, two full-time general education teachers, and one full-time social worker, as well as an elementary school robotics team, high school girls golf team, a new assistant coach, security enhancements, and technology and library upgrades.

  • District website:

herricks.org

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbent Juleigh Chin is being challenged by Andrew Apicos for one by-seat position. The term is three years.

Juleigh Chin

BACKGROUND: Chin, 43, is a coordinator of volunteer services at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. An 11-year resident of the district, she has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Pennsylvania State University. Chin has two children in district schools. She has held leadership positions in the district PTA and a local Boy Scout troop. Chin also is the chairwoman of Herricks Korean Community. She has been on the school board for three years.

ISSUES: The current board has accomplished so much in the past three years, from hiring a new superintendent and other administrators, to keeping the budget below the tax cap, she said. She also said she supported having high schools start classes later, following studies that say teens benefit by sleeping in. “As committed members of the community, we base all our decisions based on what our constituent would wish, and what is best for the health and well-being of our students,” she said.

Andrew Apicos

Apicos did not return several calls and emails seeking comment.

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