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West Hempstead

VOTING

6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at West Hempstead Middle School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $59,943,330 budget for 2017-18, a 1.36 percent increase from the current $59,140,824. The tax levy would increase 1.7 percent, from $43,823,899 to $44,566,967.

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

The district did not provide the dollar amount of the school tax increase for the average single-family home because final property assessment figures were not available.

The proposed school budget includes a 0.25 percent salary increase and a 2.7 percent step increase for teachers. An elementary school mathematics teacher position would be added.

  • District website: whufsd.com

THE CANDIDATES

There are two by-seat positions open. Nicholas Hoh and Joseph Magaraci are running for one seat, while incumbent Vincent Trocchia is running unopposed. Terms are three years.

Nicholas Hoh

BACKGROUND: Hoh, 46, a FiOS field technician, has lived in the district for 39 years. He is a political coordinator for Communications Workers of America Local 1104. Hoh is a graduate of West Hempstead High School and has a bachelor’s degree from National Labor College in Maryland. He is Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 240 in West Hempstead, and he coaches for the Long Island Flag Football League. Hoh has three children who attended or are attending district schools.

ISSUES: Hoh said he supported the bond issue voters approved last year, which will be used to upgrade classrooms, improve technology and fix roofs and masonry in district buildings. Hoh said the bond issue is “a good investment in our community.” He said he would like to attract the private school students living in the district back into the public school system. “I respect the decision of parents to do that [send children to private school], but I would like our school to be as competitive or more competitive than those other schools,” he said.

Joseph Magaraci

BACKGROUND: Magaraci, 54, has lived in the district for 50 years. He is a graduate of West Hempstead High School. Magaraci is a project manager for Unified Windows, Roofing, Doors and Siding in Hempstead, and he is the founder and athletic director of the West Hempstead Youth Football Club. Magaraci’s three children graduated from district schools.

ISSUES: Magaraci said that his more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry will be helpful to the district, which passed a bond measure last year to improve conditions at five school buildings. “I have experience managing finances and directly overseeing many similar projects,” he said. Magaraci said the district’s students “need to be taught basic life skills alongside core curriculum,” and high school students should graduate with the “knowledge to write resumes, apply for jobs and balance a checkbook.” Magaraci said: “Though I may be only one vote on the board, I promise to do everything in my power to ensure every child in the West Hempstead School District receives the education and support they need to succeed.”

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