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Plainedge school district

VOTING

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Plainedge High School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $91,509,907 budget for 2016-17, a 1.47 percent increase from the current $90,185,141. The tax levy would increase by 1.39 percent, from $63,375,945 to $64,259,355.

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

The district did not provide information about the amount of school taxes on an average single-family home.

The proposed budget calls for the addition of 3.5 teacher positions for the staffing of a life-skills class.

A proposition asks voters to approve a $6.428 million referendum for athletic field upgrades, roof replacement and other work. The measure would not have an effect on taxes, according to the district.

  • District website:

plainedgeschools.org

THE CANDIDATES

Two positions are open in the by-seat election. MaryAnn Karageorges is running against incumbent Douglas Pascarella, and incumbent Raymond Paris is running unopposed. Terms are three years.

MaryAnn Karageorges

BACKGROUND: Karageorges, 61, is an executive assistant in marketing. She has lived in the district for 34 years and has three children who graduated from district schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in professional communications from SUNY Farmingdale. She served on the school board from 1996 to 2005 and was appointed to the board in 2013 for five months to fill a vacancy.

ISSUES: Karageorges said the most important issue facing the district is the need to retain the integrity of classroom instruction while keeping tax increases to a minimum. “My primary goal is to elevate Plainedge’s ranking to be among the top five Long Island school districts,” she said. “To accomplish that, I would thoroughly examine the budget to reduce nonessential expenses and align resources to assure higher achievement for students.” She said she would actively lobby state legislators for more state education aid and search for other revenue sources for the district.

Douglas Pascarella

BACKGROUND: Pascarella, 30, is an assistant to the Nassau County executive and has been on the school board since July 2004. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Adelphi University.

ISSUES: The district budget is his top priority, Pascarella said. “Over my 12 years on the board I have helped put our district in a strong position financially,” he said. “In this tax-cap era, many schools have had to shut down programs. Here in Plainedge we have been adding to our program priorities.” He said the district has prospered, in part, because of the new superintendent he and other board members chose five years ago. “I look forward to having the opportunity to work alongside him and other board members the public has elected,” Pascarella said.

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