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North Babylon school district

VOTING

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

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $114,750,332 budget for 2016-17, a 2.39 percent increase from the current $112,066,957. The local tax levy would increase 0.29 percent, from $62,993,189 to $63,176,228.

This increase is equal to the district’s tax-cap limit of 0.29 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home would increase 0.29 percent, from $7,188.55 to $7,209.44.

The proposed budget includes a 1.8 percent average step increase for teachers, and other raises are subject to negotiations. It adds 17.5 positions, including three elementary school teachers, five reading teachers, and 2.5 psychologists, and eliminates 16 full-time-equivalent positions other than teachers.

A proposition seeks authorization to establish a capital reserve fund of up to $10 million that would be used for construction, renovation and repairs to buildings and facilities. The proposition’s approval does not have any effect on taxes, the district said.

  • District website:

northbabylonschools.net

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbent Geri-Ann McNamee is being challenged by Daniel Caroleo. Incumbent Heather Rowland is unopposed. Terms are three years.

Daniel Caroleo

BACKGROUND: Caroleo, 61, is a North Babylon school security officer, but plans to permanently leave that position on June 30. He is a retired New York City police officer and a member, trustee and former chief of the North Babylon Fire Department. The lifelong district resident has three children who are graduates of North Babylon High School, as were he and his four brothers. Caroleo has two grandchildren attending schools in the district. He served on the school board from 1990 to 2002.

ISSUES: Caroleo said he wants to help new district Superintendent Glen Eschbach continue the work the administration has started, such as lowering class sizes. “He’s a very positive man,” Caroleo said. He wants the board to be more transparent to the public and more respectful. He also wants to look into freezing taxes for senior citizens. “I believe my experience on the board and as an employee for 25 years, combined, will be an asset to the board,” Caroleo said.

Geri-Ann McNamee

BACKGROUND: McNamee, 39, is an elementary school teacher in the Comsewogue school district. A 17-year resident of the district, she has a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from St. Joseph’s College and a master’s degree in technology in education from LIU Post. McNamee’s two children attend Parliament Place Elementary School and she is a PTA member there. She also is a Performing Arts Support Association (PASA) member and team manager for the boys’ travel soccer team. McNamee has been on the board since 2013.

ISSUES: McNamee said there is a lack of equipment and integration of instructional technology from kindergarten through 12th grade. She said she would work with the district’s technology committee and its bond committee, which develops proposals for capital improvements, for upgrades needed to support student achievement. “In order for the district to be successful in this endeavor, it will be necessary to make significant equipment purchases as well as provide professional development for teachers, as this has been a neglected area within the district for years,” McNamee said.

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