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Locust Valley school district


6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Ann MacArthur Primary School, Bayville Intermediate School and Brookville Reformed Church.


The district proposes a budget of $82,875,746 for 2016-17, a 1.92 percent increase over the current $81,316,154.

The tax levy would increase by 0.71 percent, from $76,734,091 to $77,278,903.

This increase is within the district’s tax-cap limit of 0.76 percent, so a simple majority will be required to approve the budget.

The district said it could not provide the dollar amount of school taxes on the average single-family home because final assessment figures were not available from Nassau County.

The proposed budget would add three teachers and maintain all existing programs. Potential increases in teacher salaries are subject to negotiations, the district said.

A proposition asks voters for approval to spend $1.65 million from an established capital-reserve fund for several projects, including bathroom renovations and ramp replacements at schools and replacements of fuel islands at the district’s bus garage. The measure would not increase the tax rate, according to the district.

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Incumbents Kerian Carlstrom and Alice Tappan-Matthaei and candidate Lissa Harris are running for two at-large seats. Terms are three years.

Kerian Carlstrom

BACKGROUND: Carlstrom, 52, is a sales associate at a clothing store. She has lived in the district for 20 years. Carlstrom has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Boston College and a master’s degree in community health education from Adelphi University. She has two children who are attending district schools, while a third child attended a private school. Carlstrom has served as co-president of the Locust Valley Elementary Parents’ Council and the Locust Valley Middle School Parents’ Council, and as board president of MOMMAS House, which provides a home for young single mothers and their babies. She has served on the school board since 2013.

ISSUES: Carlstrom said she’s proud of how the school board during her tenure has never had to go above the state tax cap, a move that she said would overly burden residents who are on fixed incomes. “I have been dedicated to preserving and building upon the educational programs in our district,” she said. While the district has consolidated some administrative positions, with current administrators paid stipends for extra work, she said the consolidation did not adversely affect the district. She said she believes there is too much emphasis on high-stakes testing, and favors the repeal of a state law that would tie teacher performance ratings to student test scores.

Lissa Harris

BACKGROUND: Harris, 41, is a blogger and website-content writer. She has lived in the district for 32 years. Harris has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hofstra University and attended Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan. Harris has two children who attend district schools. She has served as chair of the Bayville Primary School PTA’s health and wellness committee, as a Daisy Troop leader at Bayville Primary and as a ruling elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove.

ISSUES: Harris said she wants to look into potential new ways to raise and save money, such as crowdfunding for some enrichment and recreational programs and purchasing more school buses and then leasing them out. Facilities could be leased out after school for community meetings, yoga and Pilates classes and other uses, she said. Harris said some of the consolidation of administrative positions in recent years was a good idea. But, she said, “the pendulum kind of swung too far in the other direction.” She said a new face on the school board would be helpful. “You always need new ideas, fresh ideas and different perspectives,” she said.

Alice Tappan-Matthaei

BACKGROUND: Tappan-Matthaei, 49, is an insurance agent and financial specialist. She was born and raised in the district, left and then returned nearly nine years ago. She has three children who attended or are attending district schools. Tappan-Matthaei has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The George Washington University. She has served as president of the Locust Valley Middle School Parents’ Council and she served on various school committees, including a safety committee for the district. She was appointed to the school board in February.

ISSUES: Tappan-Matthaei said she has spent much of her short time on the school board learning and listening. She said she was dogged in advocating for students’ interests. “When I see a need that should be filled, I have a lot of initiative to make it happen,” she said. Tappan-Matthaei said the consolidation wasn’t an ideal move, but, she said, “it stops us from having to fire teachers, take programs away from kids and increase class sizes.” It also has kept the district from piercing the state tax cap, which would hurt residents on fixed incomes, she said. Maintaining the district’s strong financial position is her top goal, she said. Tappan-Matthaei also said she has a strong interest in ensuring the district has effective policies on bullying.

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