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Seaford school district

VOTING

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Seaford Manor Elementary School and Seaford Harbor Elementary School.

THE BUDGETThe district proposes a $63,637,843 budget for 2015-16, a 1.6 percent increase from the current $62,637,930. The tax levy would increase 2.28 percent, from $48,180,522 to $49,278,482.

This increase is equal to the state's tax-cap limit of 2.28 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes paid on the average single-family home were not available.

The district is in negotiations with the teachers' union. The proposed budget calls for the addition of two elementary school teachers, two high school special education teachers, one library media specialist, the full-time equivalent of 1.5 social workers, one part-time secondary teacher, and 12 department chairmen and chairwomen. It would restore a full-time middle school sports program and elementary school reading and math summer programs.

Voters will decide a ballot proposition that seeks authorization for the school board to change the busing program for kindergarten students. If approved, the district would offer bus service only to kindergarten students who live three-quarters of a mile or more from the schools. The change would result in shorter bus routes and lead to savings, the district said.

District website:

seaford.k12.ny.us

THE CANDIDATES

Patrick Rail is running unopposed for an at-large seat. Incumbent Susan Ruona is not seeking re-election. The term is three years.

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