7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Lawrence Primary School at #2 School, Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus, Lawrence High School and Atlantic Beach Village Hall.
The district proposes a $100,783,090 budget for 2017-18, a 1.23 percent increase from the current $99,561,935. The tax levy would increase 2.18 percent, from $83,770,595 to $85,593,836. This increase is equal to the district’s tax-cap limit, according to the state comptroller’s office, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.
The district did not provide the amount of school taxes on the average single-family home in the district.
The district also did not provide the level of step and base increases in teacher salaries under the proposed budget.
A proposition asks voters to approve the transfer of $2 million of unreserved funds to the capital reserve fund. Another proposition asks voters to approve the transfer of $3.3 million of unreserved funds to the capital reserve fund. Both would fund several improvements to buildings around the district.
- District website: lawrence.org
There are two by-seat positions open. Incumbent Asher Mansdorf is being challenged by Asher Matathias. Incumbent Murray Forman is running unopposed. Terms are three years.
BACKGROUND: Mansdorf, 64, is a dentist in Lawrence. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Yeshiva University and his dental degree at Columbia University’s School of Dental and Oral Surgery, now the College of Dental Medicine. A district resident for more than three decades, Mansdorf is seeking a sixth term. He previously has served as board president and is currently vice president.
ISSUES: Mansdorf said that the ability for the district to provide an education for the population that now defines the district is the greatest issue facing the schools. There must be a focus on helping these students succeed, he said. “We are now at 70 percent free and reduced lunch, and we have to accommodate that same 70 percent so they have the same ability to achieve as those who are not financially challenged,” he said.
BACKGROUND: Matathias, 73, is an assistant professor of social science at St. John’s University and a retired New York City high school social studies teacher. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus and his master’s degree in political science at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. A district resident for 41 years, he is president of B’nai Brith in the Five Towns and serves on the Sephardic Council of Overseers of Yeshiva University.
ISSUES: Matathias said a change in leadership is necessary to move the district forward. He said the current board has held the taxes low at the expense of educating children. “I say we should invest in the children and they are neglected by these . . . individuals and when I rise to criticize them, they shoot me down,” he said. The district should look to hire the highest-caliber employees when it comes to administration, he added.