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Massapequa school district

VOTING

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Fairfield Elementary School, McKenna Elementary School, Lockhart Elementary School and Massapequa High School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $189,746,159 budget for 2016-17, the same amount as the current budget. The tax levy would decrease by 1.19 percent, from $154,291,640 to $152,455,005.

The decrease is less than what is allowed under the district’s tax-cap limit of a 0.69 percent increase, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.

School taxes on the average single-family home would decrease by 1.19 percent, from $7,174 to $7,089.

The district is in negotiations with teachers over contractual and step increases. The budget does not include any cuts in programs, staff, or services, and adds programs such as National History Day at the middle school and an Advanced Placement Capstone program at the high school. A proposition asks voters to allocate $3.3 million from a capital-improvement reserve fund for field renovations at the middle school. The proposal would not have an impact on taxes, according to the district.

  • District website:

msd.k12.ny.us

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbent Tim Taylor is being challenged by Mark David for one at-large seat. The term is three years.

Mark David

BACKGROUND: David, 52, is a police officer. A lifelong resident of the district, he has an associate degree in applied science from Farmingdale State College, and a bachelor’s degree in business from St. Francis College. Two of his children attended district elementary schools before attending a parochial school, while one of his children attends a parochial school.

ISSUES: Despite his children attending parochial school, David said he continues to be involved in the school district community. His experience led him to want to be on the school board. “I believe I can be a fresh new voice,” he said. “My volunteer background and dedication shows I am committed to this community.” He said he wants to be fiscally responsible, and also says teachers and education are his “number one priority.”

Tim Taylor

BACKGROUND: Taylor, 54, is a lifelong resident of the district, and has served on the school board for nine years. Taylor, who owns a tree service, attended Illinois College. He has six children, all of whom attended or are attending district schools. He is a wrestling, baseball, and soccer coach, and a former board member of the Drug Free Massapequa program.

ISSUES: Taylor said the district’s decision to move the sixth grade to the middle school, which he opposed, has led to much divisiveness in the district. While he said some want to vote down the budget to make a point about the move, he said he supports what he called a sound budget. “We have an incredible budget, but we have a really ticked-off community,” he said. Taylor said he wants to work with the community to make sure the budget is implemented the right way. “In my opinion, a board member is the eyes and ears of the community,” he said. “That is the primary reason for a board member.”

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