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Island Park school district


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The district proposes a $38,904,746 budget for 2015-16, a 1.48 percent increase from the current $38,338,125. The local tax levy would rise 1.5 percent, from $31,405,396 to $31,877,086. The increase is within the state's tax-cap limit of 2.64 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.

The district could not provide the dollar amount increase of school taxes on the average single-family home because final assessment data were not available from Nassau County.

The proposed budget adds the equivalent of 2.5 teacher positions. Teachers will receive a 1.5 percent salary increase but no step increase.

A ballot proposition authorizes creation of a capital reserve fund of up to $7 million for projects including improvements and repairs to the roofs of the Hegarty Elementary School and the Lincoln Orens Middle School.

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Incumbent Richie Hayes' at-large seat is being challenged by Jack Vobis. The term is five years.

Richie Hayes

BACKGROUND: Hayes, 50, is an election clerk for the Nassau County Board of Elections in Mineola. He is a lifelong resident of the district and a 1982 graduate of West Hempstead High School. Hayes attended Nassau Community College and Delhi College in upstate Delhi but did not earn a degree. Hayes has a child who attends Long Beach High School. Hayes is a member of the Knights of Columbus in Oceanside and the Island Park Republican Club. Hayes is seeking his second term on the school board.

ISSUES: Hayes said, "While there are many issues facing the Island Park school district, the potential loss of the tax revenue from the E.F. Barrett Power Station located primarily in Island Park is the most prevalent." Hayes said that the station, which is not in operation, represents "46 to 47 percent of the community's tax base." Hayes said that during his board tenure he's been a "constant advocate for the need to repower the plant."

Jack Vobis

BACKGROUND: Vobis, 54, is an attorney specializing in insurance fraud with the law firm of Rivkin Radler in Uniondale. Vobis has lived in the district for 14 years. Vobis earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration and planning and a master of public administration, both from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has a law degree from St. John's University. Vobis' three children attend district public schools. Vobis is the president of Island Park Little League and is a manager and coach for three teams. He also coaches Oceanside Stallions Roller Hockey. He is a founding member of Harbor Isle Residents, a community activism group that formed after superstorm Sandy. Vobis ran two years ago for the school board and lost.

ISSUES: Vobis said, "The Common Core curriculum and state testing is an issue that all districts are facing. As a parent of children affected by the testing (this year two, next year all three), I can identify with the issue personally and be an advocate for all parents and children. My skills and experience as a litigator and as an advocate for my clients will translate well and help me effect the change necessary to make the curriculum acceptable for all students, whether it occurs on the local level or statewide."

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