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Roosevelt school district


6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Centennial Avenue Elementary School and Roosevelt High School.


The district proposes a $92,728,197 budget for 2015-16, a 0.08 percent decrease from the current $92,802,978. The local tax levy would decrease 3.55 percent, from $22,689,410 to $21,884,707. The district's proposed budget is below the state's tax-cap limit of 3.13 percent.

School taxes on the average single-family home would decline 2.95 percent, from $5,236.39 to $5,081.79.

The proposed budget includes a contractual step increase for teachers ranging from 2.2 percent to 3.2 percent.

To accommodate additional enrollment, the district plans to add a total of 28 positions districtwide -- 12 teachers, 12 paraprofessionals and four security guards. The additions were made possible because of savings the district anticipates because of the lower rate it is required to pay into the teacher pension fund, said Lyne Taylor, assistant superintendent for business. She said the rate declined from nearly 17 percent to 13.3 percent. Also, the district has budgeted $150,000 for its after-school program.

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Incumbent Robert L. Miller is being challenged by Charlena Hamlin-Croutch for the one seat on the ballot. The term is three years.

Charlena Hamlin-Croutch

BACKGROUND: Hamlin-Croutch, 45, grew up in the district, but lived for seven years in Charlotte, N.C., before returning to Roosevelt in 1999. She is a registered nurse, as well as pastor of Refuge Citadel of Hope in Roosevelt. She holds two associate degrees, one in nursing from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte in 1998, the other in business administration from Berkeley College in Manhattan in 1989. She has three sons, one of whom is in seventh grade at Roosevelt Middle School. She is a member of the Roosevelt PTA and several religious organizations, including the New York City Leadership Alliance. This is her second run for the board.

ISSUES: She is concerned about what she called a "great divide" in the district that was hindering students' educational progress. "The district has the same issues the last time I ran. The district is divided: administration and board, administration and teachers -- across the board. Teachers and staff feel unappreciated. The board is upset because they feel like our children aren't getting the best education." Hamlin-Croutch said one of her goals would be to enhance communication between all groups. "I'm positioning myself as someone people can trust" to try to bridge the divide.

Robert L. Miller

BACKGROUND: Miller, 54, is running for a second term on the school board. He has lived in the district 17 years and works as a transportation engineer for the Village of Hempstead. He earned a certificate in computer technology in 1994 from Suburban Technical School in Hempstead. He has four children, two of whom graduated from the district's high school; two others currently attend, in the 10th and 11th grades. He is a member of Wisdom Lodge 57, a Masonic group, in Brooklyn; a shop steward for CSEA Local 882; and he works with the Roosevelt PAL baseball program.

ISSUES: "Accountability is very important," Miller said. "If you hold everyone accountable for their positions, I think things would run a lot smoother." He said with the district no longer under state oversight -- which ended in 2013 after 11 years -- progress is beginning to take hold, citing improvements in the graduation rate and state Regents exam scores. He also praised Superintendent Deborah L. Wortham for bringing "a lot of structure to the school district" that he said had been lacking before she came in 2013. He called himself a "community person" who wanted the community and the district to come together to enhance education.

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