6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at West Hempstead Middle School.
The district proposes a $59,140,824 budget for 2016-17, a 0.59 percent decrease from the current $59,494,066. The tax levy would increase by 1.96 percent, from $42,980,324 to $43,823,899.
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 home would increase 2.15 percent, from $7,079.16 to $7,231.66.
The proposed budget includes a 0.25 percent contractual increase for teachers and an average 2.10 percent step increase. It reduces teaching staff by 12.1 full-time-equivalent positions and one full-time administrative position. The district said it anticipates larger secondary-school classes.
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Incumbent Patricia Greaves is being challenged by Steven A. Feldman in the by-seat election. Incumbents Karen Brohm and Rudolf Schindler are unopposed. Terms are three years.
Steven A. Feldman
BACKGROUND: Feldman, 37, is a lawyer who has lived in the district for eight years. He received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law and is on the board of directors of his synagogue, Congregation Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park. Feldman has four children; three attend private religious schools and the youngest is not yet in school.
ISSUES: Feldman said he wants to increase efficiencies in areas of competitive and cooperative buying among districts. He noted that some high school students walk on busy roads and where crossing guards are not present because of the district’s rule governing bus transportation for those who live within a certain distance of school. “There is some flexibility that needs to be provided so that we don’t have children missing out on essential services,” he said. As a parent of children who go to private schools, he believes the district can go beyond state mandates in providing services for special education and transportation. “We have to work together to pool resources and think of new ideas,” he said.
BACKGROUND: Greaves, 49, is a special education teacher in Baldwin. A five-year resident of the district, she has a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Baruch College in Manhattan, a master’s degree in special education from LIU Brooklyn, and a master’s degree in earth and environmental sciences from Brooklyn College. Greaves has three children, two of whom attend West Hempstead schools and one who graduated from the district. She is on the parent committee of Adelphi University’s Science and Technology Entry Program and is a mentor of the Long Island Mentoring Partnership of Long Island. She was appointed to the board last year to fill a vacancy.
ISSUES: Greaves said one of her biggest priorities is building a stronger collaboration between the community and the district and encouraging more parents and guardians to get involved in their children’s education. As a teacher in special education for almost 20 years and an advocate for all students, Greaves said she wants to ensure high standards are set and maintained. “For the past year I have served as a trustee, I have worked with my fellow board members to create goals that will continue to lead West Hempstead in a positive direction,” she said, and she wants to stay on the board to continue that work.