TODAY'S PAPER
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Jericho school district

VOTING

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Jericho High School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $121,024,051 budget for 2016-17, a 0.13 percent decrease from the current $121,185,238. The tax levy would stay the same at $106,236,917.

This levy is less than what is allowed under the district’s tax-cap limit of 0.44 percent, so a simple majority vote would be needed to approve the budget.

The district did not provide figures for the amount of taxes on the average single-family home, citing continually changing assessment rolls that will not be finalized until September.

The proposed budget includes an increase in total teacher salaries of approximately 2 percent — including an average step cost below 2 percent, a zero percent contractual increase for steps 1-15, and flat dollar increases for steps 16-19.

There would be no reductions in teachers, staffers, programs and services. One elementary science teacher would be added and a number of new courses would be offered at the high school, including advanced media arts, virtual enterprise and American Sign Language.

In addition, schools would add more than 300 Chromebooks and 270 iPads, while also replacing over 255 desktop computers and laptops. The district also would seek to increase network speed and storage and replace technology as needed ranging from network switches to projectors to printers.

A proposition asks voters to approve a capital-improvement plan that will allow the district to spend under $16,306,125 for a variety of building and facilities improvements. The funds would come from an already existing capital reserve and fund balance and would not have any additional impact to the taxpayers, district officials said.

  • District website:

jerichoschools.org

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbent Joseph Lorintz is running unopposed for an at-large seat. The term is three years.

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