6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Avenue Elementary School and Roosevelt High School.
The district proposes a $99,272,698 budget for 2017-18, a 2.82 percent increase from the current $96,550,887. The tax levy would increase 1.8 percent, from $21,446,802 to $21,833,396.
This increase is within the district’s tax-cap limit of 2.97 percent, so a simple majority will be required to approve the budget.
The district said school taxes on the average single-family home would go from $4,739 to $4,817, which it said is an increase of 1.64 percent.
The proposed budget includes a contractual step increase for teachers, which has not been determined as contract negotiations are ongoing. It would add 13 instructional teachers and 7.5 noninstructional staff members.
Voters also will be asked to approve an expenditure of up to $1,345,250 from the district’s building capital reserve fund. The measure would allow the district to spend up to $345,250 for building renovations and improvements and for facilities improvements, including improving the HVAC system, surge protection, a baseball field fence, a high school security booth, upgrades to the hallway lighting at Centennial Elementary and the middle schools, refurnishing the middle school gym floor and other general improvements to buildings. The measure also would allow the district to spend up to $1 million for continuing the districtwide capital project. There is no tax increase tied to the referendum.
Two additional propositions are on the ballot: one would change the probable term and amount of the Building Capital Reserve Fund, and another would change the probable term and amount of the Technology Capital Reserve Fund.
- District website: rooseveltufsd.org
There are three by-seat positions open. Incumbent Hendrick Fayette and candidate Rose Gietschier are running for one seat, while incumbents Willa Scott and Alfred Taylor are running unopposed. Terms are three years.
BACKGROUND: Gietschier, 46, is a community organizer and activist. She has served as PTA president at Centennial Elementary School and founded the Roosevelt High School Districtwide PTSA. She is also a coordinator and facilitator of the Girls Empowerment Program. Gietschier has a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Empire State College. She also has a paralegal associate degree from ITT Tech School of Criminal Justice. She is a lifelong district resident and her children attended district schools.
ISSUES: Gietschier said she wants students to have career and college planning such as the district’s Smart Scholars program, to earn college credit. She supports emphasizing STEM programs [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] for every student, which she said would require additional grant funding. Gietschier said she wants to increase the graduation rate and add programs for children with special needs. “As we continue to move in the direction of greatness, we as a district need to welcome and support programs specifically designed to empower our children,” Gietschier said. She said the budget should be transparent to ensure money is properly used.
BACKGROUND: Fayette, 30, is a small-business owner, philanthropist and U.S. Air Force veteran, who was appointed as a school trustee last year. He has a bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in urban and public policy from Queens College. He has lived in the district for 24 years.
ISSUES: Fayette said he is focused on college preparation and quality education aimed at career goals. He said he will focus on upgrades and operational concerns to increase academic performance throughout the district. “My main focuses are ensuring all Roosevelt students receive quality public education [and] preparation for college and their career goals,” Fayette said. “This will increase academic and operational performances districtwide.” He said he wants to invest in innovative programs in STEM curriculum and settle the teachers union contract. Fayette said he wants to increase outreach and transparency with school board advisory committees.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story omitted two additional propositions that appeared on the ballot.