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Plainview-Old Bethpage


6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Old Bethpage Elementary School, Jamaica Avenue School and Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School.


The district proposes a $152,196,856 budget for 2017-18, a 1.98 percent increase from the current $149,236,325. The tax levy would rise by 0.86 percent, from $119,990,212 to $121,020,994.

This increase is below the district’s tax-cap limit of 1.77 percent, so a simple majority will be required to approve the budget.

School taxes on the average single-family home would increase by 0.53 percent based on preliminary assessment data, from $9,683 before exemptions to $9,734 before exemptions.

The teachers contract calls for a 2.25 percent salary increase, with a step increase of about 2 percent. The district notes fewer than half of the teachers are eligible for step increases because of their positions on the salary schedule. Additional high school electives also are being added. To pay more attention to students’ social-emotional health and well-being, the district is adding one elementary guidance counselor, one middle school social worker and one K-12 drug and alcohol counselor.

A proposition asks voters to approve establishing a capital reserve fund of up to $25 million for a term of seven years to fund capital improvements such as roofing, asbestos abatement, electrical work, window replacement and masonry work. There is no additional cost to taxpayers as it is funded with any end-of-year budget surplus.


Incumbents Debbie Bernstein and Ginger Lieberman are running unopposed for two at-large seats. Terms are three years.

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