6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Uniondale High School and Lawrence Road Middle School.
The district proposes a $187,212,721 budget for 2017-18, a 2.41 percent increase from the current $182,800,829. The tax levy would increase 1.28 percent, from $119,571,457 to $121,096,336.
This increase is equal to the district’s tax-cap limit, so a simple majority will be required to approve the budget.
The district did not provide details on the dollar amount of school taxes paid on the average single-family home and how much those taxes would increase under the proposed budget, saying that information is held by the Nassau County assessor’s office. The proposed budget funds a cost-of-living increase of 1.5 percent and an approximate 2 percent step increase for teachers.
- District website: district.uniondaleschools.org
Incumbent Neville G. Georges and candidate Michelle Jones are running for one by-seat position. The term is three years.
Neville G. Georges
BACKGROUND: Georges, 77, has lived in the district for 38 years. A retired manager for the Social Security Administration, he holds a bachelor’s degree from City College of New York. He served on the board from 1999 to 2005, and again from 2008 to the present. He has served as the board president and vice president, and was president, vice president and treasurer of the Uniondale PTA Council. Georges is a former Nassau County court-appointed child advocate and has served on several local committees and civic associations. He was honored with a lifetime New York State PTA membership and he is also a member emeritus of the Uniondale PTA Council. He has five grown children, including two who attended Uniondale schools.
ISSUES: Georges said the greatest issue facing the district is the shortage of adequate instructional space. There are more than 7,100 students using space meant for 5,000 students, he said. The board is discussing floating a bond to add space, and there also needs to be a focus on infrastructure and technology improvements, Georges added. “I feel that there needs to be a greater focus on student achievement,” he said. The district needs to focus on securing state and federal aid to address the issues and challenges the district faces with a growing number of undocumented students enrolling. “These kids have special needs and need special educational support and additional funding should be provided for that effort,” he said.
BACKGROUND: Michelle Jones, 45, has lived in the district for 18 years. She works as a host at the Seasons 52 restaurant in Garden City. She studied liberal arts at Molloy College and holds a culinary certificate from New York Restaurant School. She serves as PTA president at California Avenue School. She has a daughter who attends a district school.
ISSUES: Jones said that one of the greatest issues facing the district is being able to provide universal prekindergarten for the entire district. “It is necessary that we find the resources to make the program sustainable for all children in the district,” she said. She also said the lack of funding for state mandates has created a huge tax burden on the community. She is also concerned about increasing enrollment. “As a board member I would advocate for additional state funding to enable these programs which would minimize the tax burdens on our community,” she said.