3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Walt Whitman High School.
The district proposes a $162,794,840 budget for 2017-18, a 2.38 percent increase from the current $159,004,073. The tax levy would increase by 1.41 percent, from $110,621,172 to $112,183,534.
This increase is equal to the district’s tax-cap limit, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family house would rise 2.27 percent, from $8,428 to $8,619.
The proposed budget includes a 1.25 percent contractual pay increase and a half-step increase for teachers.
- District website: shufsd.org
Andrew Bronson, Sidney Joyner and Thomas Teresky are seeking two at-large seats. Terms are three years.
BACKGROUND: Bronson, 50, is an employment attorney with KPMG and has lived in the district for 15 years. His wife is a contract speech pathologist in the Carle Place school district. His two children attended or are attending district schools. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Washington University and a law degree at Emory University. He is a member of the district’s audit committee, has been a coach for the South Huntington Lacrosse Club and an assistant basketball coach, has volunteered as a food preparer with God’s Love We Deliver, and is counsel to KPMG’s Diversity Advisory Board.
ISSUES: Providing a strong education for all students in light of the tax cap, one that is high-quality and well-rounded, remains key, he said. “You’ve got to spend smart, manage class sizes, expand extracurriculars and activities and avoid that boom and bust cycle,” he said. He said he would listen to the community and teachers and look multiple years down the road when planning.
BACKGROUND: Joyner, 46, is a commercial real estate associate broker. He has lived in the district 13 years and has a child attending a district school and another too young for school. He earned a bachelor’s degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is a licensed real estate salesperson and associate broker. He is a trustee on the Huntington Library Foundation, vice president of the NAACP Huntington branch, board chair of BOOM!Health, a trustee at Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn and treasurer of the National Urban League Guild in New York City.
ISSUES: Maintaining the district’s wealth of programs and services despite the unstable budget environment is the district’s most pressing issue, Joyner said. He said he would use his analytical skills to review the budget, look for other opportunities to increase funds and help lobby in Albany for the release of state funds for the district. “I bring leadership and community-related skills and would work to deal with budgeting concerns and make sure residents know what’s going on,” he said.
BACKGROUND: Teresky, 55, is an attorney who has lived in the district for 29 years. His son works as a middle school lacrosse coach in the district. Teresky earned a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Empire State College and a law degree from New York Law School. He is a former director of what is now the South Huntington Lacrosse Club, coached with the Huntington Bulldog Football program and was a treasurer of SEPTA. One child is a high school freshman in the district and one graduated from district schools. He served on the board from 2005 to 2012.
ISSUES: The main issue is keeping the district on its current path and keeping it moving in the right direction, Teresky said. “The top administrators are doing a great job and they need the support. We need to see that continue.” That support is especially important with longtime board member James Kaden stepping down after 24 years, Teresky said. He said his own experience will help with continuity on the board.