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New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school district


6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Manor Oaks School.


The district proposes a budget of $37,527,240 for 2016-17, an increase of 1.99 percent over the current $36,794,425. The tax levy would rise by 0.38 percent, from $29,795,947 to $29,909,315.

This increase is equal to the district’s tax-cap limit, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.

School taxes on the average single-family home would increase by 0.38 percent, from $3,252.66 to $3,265.04.

The district did not provide information on any changes in teacher salaries under the proposed spending plan or give details of any budgetary effects on programs or services, and did not respond to calls seeking specifics.

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There are three by-seat positions open. Patricia Rudd and Shamini Sivalingam are running for one seat. Incumbents Ernest Gentile and Jennifer Kerrane are unopposed. Terms are three years.

Patricia Rudd

BACKGROUND: Rudd, 53, a lifelong resident of the district, is a buyer for Event Network, which operates gift shops. She studied business administration at Queensborough Community College. Rudd previously served on the school board for 15 years, including as president and vice president, and served on the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association. She also was a trustee to the Sewanhaka Central High School District Board, where she was elected vice president. Rudd has three children who attended district schools.

ISSUES: Rudd said her focus is on “providing a strong, well-balanced creative education for our children while keeping property taxes down” and making sure that states and school boards control educational standards and testing of students. She promised to keep elected officials informed of the district’s educational and financial concerns by lobbying in Albany and Washington.

Shamini Sivalingam

BACKGROUND: Sivalingam, 41, is director of product safety and compliance for Axis Promotions in Manhattan. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Western Australia, and she has lived in the district for 11 years. Her two children attend a district school, and she is active in the Manor Oaks PTA.

ISSUES: Sivalingam said funding is the district’s top priority because, she said, “that trickles to other issues that face students, teachers and the community.” She said she would advocate for increasing the number of teachers to reduce class size and “improve student engagement and success,” and calls education a partnership between teachers, students and parents. Sivalingam said she considers “noncore” subjects such as music, art and physical education “as crucial as core subjects such as math and English for our school district.”

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