7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Gardiners Avenue School, East Broadway School, Levittown Memorial Education Center and Division Avenue High School.
The district proposes a $201,817,794 budget for 2015-16, a 1.54 percent increase from the current $198,758,768. The local tax levy would rise 1.82 percent, from $133,280,952 to $135,702,305. The increase is within the state's tax-cap limit of 1.82 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget.
The district could not provide the dollar amount of school taxes on the average single-family home because final assessment figures are not available from Nassau County.
The proposed budget includes a 2 percent salary increase for teachers, but no step increase. It adds a number of new positions, including two reading teachers, two English as a Second Language teachers, an assistant principal, assistant directors for English Language Arts and math, two clerical workers and a bus driver.
Three candidates are running for two at-large seats: Marianne Adrian and incumbents Kevin Regan and Edward Powers. Terms are three years.
BACKGROUND: Adrian, 41, is a secretary at Nassau County district court in Hempstead. She grew up in Levittown and is a 1991 graduate of Division Avenue High School. Adrian earned about 60 credits in sociology at Queensborough Community College in Bayside and is taking courses toward a bachelor's degree with SUNY Empire State College. Adrian has three children attending district public schools. She is a member of the North Side Elementary School PTA and is legislative chair for the Wisdom Lane Middle School PTA. Adrian ran last year for the Levittown school board and lost.
ISSUES: Adrian said, "I am very much an advocate for public education." She said that if elected she would "make sure that teachers receive the professional development they need to assure that our children are learning what they need to learn." She added, "I will advocate for our children and community to create responsible and effective change to our education system." She said she hopes to be "a fresh new voice for children and the district."
BACKGROUND: Powers, 45, is vice president of business planning at Cablevision in Bethpage and has lived in Levittown for 24 years. He has served on the Levittown school board for the past six years. Powers has a bachelor of business administration degree in business management from Hofstra University in Hempstead. Powers is a member of the PTAs at Summit Lane Elementary School and Wisdom Lane Middle School. He has two children in district public schools.
ISSUES: Powers said the most important issue facing the district is "a governor, elected officials and a New York State Department of Education that have lost sight of the needs of education and all children." Powers criticized what he called the "continued overreliance on standardized testing" and "inequitable and insufficient distributions of state aid." He said he would "work with the district administration and fellow board members to minimize the burden of state testing on staff and students." Powers said, "I will continue to diligently review the school district's spending to optimize the amounts put toward student programs and make the best use of taxpayer money."
BACKGROUND: Regan, who declined to give his age, has lived in the district for 44 years. Regan is deputy commissioner of the engineering department for the Town of Hempstead. Regan was elected to the Levittown school board in 2009 and has served for the past six years. He has a bachelor of business administration degree from St. John's University in Brooklyn and a master's degree in criminal justice from John Jay College in Manhattan. He is a retired NYPD detective who worked in various commands in the city. Regan has been the director for 30 years of the Levittown/Island Trees Youth Council. He is a former president and current trustee of the Levittown Chamber of Commerce and a former president and current treasurer of the Levittown Kiwanis Club. His three children are graduates of Levittown schools.
ISSUES: Regan said that if re-elected he would like to see the district "continue in the direction that we are headed." Regan continued, "We've done a number of good things. We've managed to keep the taxes under control and under the tax cap." Regan said he collaborated with local veterans groups to ensure that the Levittown school district "accepted the maximum veterans exemption for the school property tax." He explained, "I convinced my colleagues this was the right thing to do because we're a veterans community."