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Hewlett-Woodmere

VOTING

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Woodmere Education Center.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $116,449,996 budget for 2017-18, a 0.95 percent increase over the current $115,354,132. The tax levy would remain the same as the current year, at $97,538,802. This is within the district’s tax-cap limit of 2.91 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.

The dollar amount of the school tax paid on a single-family house would decrease 1.49 percent, from $10,905 to $10,743.

The proposed budget includes estimated salary increases for teachers subject to negotiations. It includes funding for two technology aides, a part-time guidance counselor, the equivalent of 5.3 teaching positions and a library media specialist. The proposed budget also includes funding for an extended summer play program, new clubs and more student activities.

Two propositions are on the ballot. One would authorize the district to spend $14.1 million from reserve and general funds to upgrade heating, ventilation and air conditioning at Hewlett High School and for field and parking lot lights, bleachers and storage at Woodmere Middle School. The proposition also authorizes spending to upgrade the PlayScape/Library Media Center at Ogden Elementary School, and to replace windows at Hewlett Elementary School, the Franklin Early Childhood Center and Woodmere Education Center. It would also fund technology wiring at Hewlett and Ogden elementary schools. Another proposition would set up a $40 million capital reserve fund for district building improvements.

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbents Cheryl May and Scott McInnes are running unopposed for two at-large seats. Terms are three years.

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