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Hicksville school district

VOTING

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Burns Avenue School, Dutch Lane School, East Street School, Fork Lane School, Lee Avenue School, Old Country Road School and Woodland School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a budget of $132,332,014 for 2016-17, an increase of 1.71 percent over the current $130,113,135. The tax levy would increase by 0.18 percent, from $98,762,495 to $98,937,594.

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

The district could not provide the dollar amount of school taxes on the average single-family home in 2016-17 because final assessment figures are not available from Nassau County.

The proposed budget includes an increase in teacher salaries of a half percent and a half-step increase from Sept. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2017. It also includes an increase of a half-percent in teacher salaries from Feb. 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017.

The proposed budget does not include any cuts in teachers or staff members. It would add several new courses and programs, including a first-grade bilingual program, a general education prekindergarten program and a wearable-electronics course at the middle school and high school.

A proposition asks voters to establish a capital-reserve fund of $2.65 million for building and grounds improvements at the high school, including reconstruction of the locker rooms, the installation of exterior bleachers and a press box, and the installation of synthetic-turf baseball and softball fields. The money would come from surplus funds from the 2015-16 budget and funds left over from previous projects and reserves, and the district said it would not lead to a tax increase.

Another proposition would appropriate $60,000 from the 2016-17 budget to the Hicksville Gregory Museum for educational services. It also would not lead to a tax increase, the district said.

  • District website:

hicksvillepublicschools.org

THE CANDIDATES

Carla Hoene and Lynda Parmely are running unopposed for two by-seat positions. Terms are three years.

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