7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at William Floyd High School.
The district proposes a $228,787,837 budget for 2016-17, a 2.6 percent increase from the current $222,988,432. The local tax levy would increase by 2.14 percent, from $94,947,132 to $96,976,749.
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 by 2.14 percent, from $5,752.85 to $5,875.83.
The proposed budget would fund a contractual increase for teachers of 2.4 percent. It also would add sixth-grade intramurals, summer school, a guidance counselor, a career and tech education teacher, STEM robotics club equipment, and an elementary intervention teacher.
- A proposition asks voters for permission to create a new capital-reserve fund for districtwide voter-approved capital projects, including construction, renovations, heating, ventilation and air conditioning replacement and refurbishment of athletic fields. There would be no effect on the tax levy, according to the district.District website:
Three positions are open in the by-seat election. Incumbents Robert Guerriero and Anthony Speruta are unopposed. Candidates April Coppola and Robin Newberg are running for one seat. Terms are three years.
BACKGROUND: Coppola, 50, is an administrative assistant at Developmental Disabilities Institute. A lifelong resident of the district, she has a bachelor’s degree in human services from Empire State College. She has served with several organizations, including as treasurer of the William Floyd Community Summit, a community group. Coppola has two children attending a district school.
ISSUES: Coppola said the most important issue facing the district is getting more state aid and dealing with unfunded mandates. “As a member of William Floyd’s State Aid Advocacy group, we have actively continued, year after year, to meet with our elected officials to remind them why funding is so important to Floyd,” she said. She added that, as both a mother of young elementary-school children and the daughter of a senior citizen in the district, she understands the importance of communicating with the entire community.
BACKGROUND: Newberg, 41, is a lifelong resident of the district. A teacher in the Freeport school district, she holds two master’s degrees from Touro College in Bay Shore — one in elementary literacy and another in secondary school literacy. She has three children — one who has graduated from district schools, and two that still are in the district. She sits on the rangefinding committee for the New York State Department of Education and is a student government adviser at the intermediate school.
ISSUES: As a board member, Newberg said she wants to advocate for more state aid and inform parents dealing with special education about “constantly changing regulations,” while making sure those regulations are adhered to by the district. She said she also plans to work with her colleagues to have a responsible and “educationally sound” budget. And she said she’d like to bring more parents into the school community by offering them incentives like refreshments or free books to attend workshops and meetings.