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North Babylon


7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Belmont, Marion G. Vedder, Parliament Place and Woods Road elementary schools.


The district proposes a $116,443,128 budget for 2017-18, a 1.48 percent increase from the current $114,750,332. The tax levy would increase 2.6 percent, from $63,176,228 to $64,818,669.

This increase is below the district’s tax-cap limit of 3.86 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home would increase 2.6 percent, from $7,224.21 to $7,412.04.

The proposed budget includes a contract increase of 0.5 percent for teachers. It adds 3.5 full-time equivalent teacher positions and one full-time equivalent guidance director.

A proposition asks for approval to spend $434,330 to buy two vans and three buses in five annual installments of $86,866 over five years. Another proposition seeks authorization to take up to $3.1 million from the 2016 capital reserve fund to demolish and rebuild the district transportation office; replace playgrounds and interior doors at five elementary schools; replace interior doors and secondary recreation equipment at Robert Moses Middle School and Brennan Middle/High School; and make auditorium sound and light improvements at North Babylon High School.


Three positions are open in the by-seat election. Incumbent Barbara Ferguson is being challenged by candidate Geri-Ann McNamee. Incumbent Robert Scheid and candidate John Schneidawin Jr. are running unopposed. Terms are three years.

Barbara Ferguson

BACKGROUND: Ferguson, 67, works as a paraprofessional for Western Suffolk BOCES. She has been active in the PTA, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and is vice president for her CSEA unit. A 42-year resident of the district, her three adult children attended North Babylon schools. She is vice president of the school board, where she has served for 18 years. She is seeking her seventh term.

ISSUES: Ferguson said she wants to continue to help bring the district into the 21st century, implementing technology such as smart boards and continuing STEM, music and art programs. “Exciting things are happening in the district and I want to be part of it,” she said.

Geri-Ann McNamee

BACKGROUND: McNamee, 40, is an elementary school teacher in the Comsewogue district. An 18-year resident of the North Babylon district, she has a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College and a master’s degree in technology in education from LIU Post. McNamee’s two children attend district schools, and her husband works part-time at the high school. She is a PTA member, a Youth League Basketball team coach and team manager for the boys’ travel soccer team. McNamee served on the board from 2013 to 2016. She said she has been endorsed by the North Babylon Teachers Association.

ISSUES: The lack of state aid and the tax cap have combined to make it hard for districts to have enough resources, McNamee said. “We need to work on reducing and equalizing class sizes,” she said. She said she also would push for professional development for training in the new technology.

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