6 a.m. to 9.p.m. Tuesday at Kings Park High School.
The district proposes an $88,548,072 budget for 2017-18, a 2.18 percent increase from the current $86,655,918.
The tax levy would rise 2.08 percent, from $66,420,917 to $67,801,784.
This increase is equal to the district’s tax-cap limit, so a simple majority is needed to approve the budget.
School taxes on the average single-family home would increase 2.08 percent, from $8,333.43 to $8,506.77. Pay increases for teachers are subject to negotiations, and the budget calls for adding an Advanced Placement Capstone program and middle school kickline, and restoring the weight room club.
- District website: kpcsd.org
Incumbent Joe Bianco and candidates Katy Cardinale and J.P. Andrade are running for one at-large seat. The term is three years.
BACKGROUND: Bianco, 46, is a tax accountant who has lived in the district for 12 years. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree. He received a law degree from New York University School of Law in 1995. Bianco has been on the school board since 2014. He has three children who attend school in the district. He’s an adult adviser to the Nissequogue River State Park student board, and vice president of the Kings Park Youth Athletic Association.
ISSUES: Bianco said he brings unique budgetary and contract expertise to the board. “The fact that our costs are rising dramatically and there is little or no support to raise taxes will require us to develop creative ways to control costs,” Bianco said. “Sustainable, predictable and equitable revenue streams and contracts are critical.” In his time serving on the board, Bianco said he has taken the lead in renegotiating contracts for the civil service union and building administrators, which includes principals and assistant principals. He said he’s in the process of renegotiating contracts for the teachers union. Bianco said he helped create the robotics club for middle school and high school students three years ago. He also helped approve the AP Capstone course that enhances English for high school students.
BACKGROUND: Cardinale, 44, is a real estate broker. She has lived in the district for nine years and earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College. She has two sons who attend school in the district. Cardinale is past president of the Kings Park Council of Schools and a member of the district’s legislative committee. She is a member of the Kings Park Civic Association.
ISSUES: Cardinale vows to push Albany lawmakers in order to keep money in the district, and said current school board members didn’t speak up while state lawmakers gave additional money to charter schools that could have gone to public schools. Cardinal contends the school board should have adopted a resolution opposing the nomination of now-U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. If elected, Cardinale said she would work toward expanding the Too Good For Drugs campaign for all district students, instead of just middle and high school students. “The program has an age appropriate curriculum,” she said. She said she wants to shine a light on award-winning students and bring more positivity to the board.
BACKGROUND: Andrade, 21, is an undergraduate student studying political science at The King’s College in Manhattan. In 2015, he received a certificate in political management from New York University. He has lived in the district 20 years, and his mother is a bilingual science teacher for the Brentwood school district. Andrade said he is an advisor and political consultant for the nonprofit America First Policies, which was created by six top campaign aides to President Donald Trump. Andrade said he was a senior advisor for the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, and a member of the National Hispanic Advisory Council.
ISSUES: Andrade said he would bring youth, diversity, innovation and outside thinking to the board. He said the current board is too focused on teacher union contracts and salaries rather than the needs of students. If elected, he said he would fight to give more students a say in important decisions and would have more student representation at meetings. “That’s essential,” Andrade said. “The students need a voice.” He said he has “vast connections” with federal and state officials and would work with them to remove Common Core. He also wants to help bring jobs to the district, which would help lower school taxes for homeowners.