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Hewlett-Woodmere school district

VOTING

7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Woodmere Education Center.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $113,628,101 budget for 2015-16, a 1.49 percent increase from the current $111,955,771. The local tax levy would rise 1.41 percent, from $99,053,905 to $100,446,816.

This increase is equal to the state's tax-cap limit of 1.41 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home would increase 1.17 percent, from $10,007 to $10,124.

The proposed budget calls for a reduction of three teaching assistants. It funds a combined step raise and cost-of-living increase of less than 1.9 percent for teachers.

The spending plan includes the addition of the equivalent of 9.4 special education teachers and 1.9 general education teachers.

It supports increased math lab time for high school students, outdoor environmental staff at the middle school, a revised integrated co-teaching program at the elementary schools, a music therapy program for special education students and a summer English immersion program for English Language Learners.

It also includes the addition of an assistant wrestling coach and cheerleading team at the middle school.

Voters also will consider a proposition to establish a $25 million capital reserve fund for long-range building improvements. The proposition's approval would not result in additional cost to taxpayers, district officials said.

District website:

hewlett-woodmere.net

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbents Jonathan Altus, Melissa Gates and Stephen B. Witt are running unopposed for three at-large seats. Terms are three years.

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