7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Administration building.
The district proposes a $68,730,714 budget for 2017-18, a 3.76 percent increase from the current $66,240,142. The tax levy would increase by 0.69 percent, from $21,444,824 to $21,593,286.
This increase equals 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 0.69 percent, from $6,692 to $6,738.
Raises for teachers in the proposed budget are subject to contract negotiations. The proposed budget includes nine new teachers: three elementary teachers, including an art teacher, two middle school teachers and four high school teachers to maintain compliance with regulations to keep class size within contractual limits. It also includes funds to contract additional buses so students in grades pre-K through 4 will start at the same time to allow for professional staff development. Busing currently splits students into two groups separated by 40 minutes.
- District website: www.wyandanch.k12.ny.us
Two by-seat positions are open. Incumbent Ronald Allen is being challenged by Lynelle Jarmond; incumbent Nancy Holliday is being challenged by BarBara Blue. Allen and Holliday are running as a team, and Blue said she and Jarmond also are running as a team. Terms are three years.
BACKGROUND: Allen, 59, is a minister at The Revelation Church of God in Christ in Wyandanch. He received a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in theology from Vision International University in California. His son attended district schools for a time. He has been a board member since 2011. He has lived in the district for 17 years.
ISSUES: Allen said he would continue to work to help alleviate the district’s overcrowding problem. “We got some portable classrooms, and it’s a help, but that’s just a bandage. Our class sizes are too big — we need more room.” He said he also would continue to work to hire more teachers. “We need teachers, especially in the bilingual area, because we have an increase in immigrants — the student population has increased by about 75 this year. And we need more money for education.”
BACKGROUND: Blue, 60, is a life coach and also works at a credit services agency. She is a Wyandanch Memorial High School graduate and former security worker at the school. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in professional counseling at Liberty University. She is part of the Parent Leadership Initiative, a county-run leadership program, and a former board member of the Alliance for Quality Education. She is a lifelong district resident, and her daughter attended district schools.
ISSUES: Blue said she wants to help improve low test scores and discipline in the schools by getting all of the community, not just parents, involved in solutions. Students need more activities to keep them engaged and lessen gang problems, she said. Smaller class sizes would make it easier for teachers to make sure students learn, she said, and come out of school with a skill set. “We want to bring a new way of looking at it and see how to best accomplish the most with the resources we have,” she said. “And the state has to do its part and pay us the money it owes us.”
BACKGROUND: Holliday, 63, is a retired special education teacher. She earned a bachelor’s degree at SUNY Old Westbury and a master’s degree in mental health counseling at LIU Post. She is a Wyandanch Public Library trustee, a member of the Catholics of African Ancestry at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal R.C. Church in Wyandanch, a former trustee of the ACLU’s Suffolk Chapter and educational chair, and a Democratic committee chairperson for the Town of Babylon. Her brother works in the Wyandanch district, and she has a nephew at Wyandanch Memorial High School. She has lived in the district for 35 years and is seeking her fourth term on the board.
ISSUES: The district needs the money the state owes it, which amounts to about $18 million a year since 2007, Holliday said, and help dealing with unfunded mandates. “We need more resources. We have a lot of challenges, including no funding last year for a lot of unaccompanied minors. We can’t do it without the parents, so we’re giving them support for issues outside of education. We have social workers in each school and parent centers will open in September,” she said. Holliday said she wants to continue to lobby for the district and see the parent centers open.
Jarmond did not complete a candidate’s questionnaire and did not respond to several requests for an interview.