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West Hempstead Union Free School District


6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at West Hempstead Middle School.


The district proposes a $59,494,066 budget for 2015-16, a 3.95 percent increase from the current $57,235,856. The tax levy would increase 2.61 percent, from $42,924,873 to $44,047,044.

The levy is equal to the state's tax cap of 2.61 percent, so a simple majority is required to approve the budget.

School taxes paid on the average single-family home would rise 2.53 percent, from $6,877.25 to $7,051.50. Teachers' salaries would be frozen for 2015-16.

The budget does not cut programs or services and district officials did not report any additional programs for 2015-16.

District website:



Caitlin H. Close is running unopposed for the seat of incumbent James Mariano, who is not seeking re-election. Andrea Shinsato is running unopposed for the seat of incumbent Carole Rilling, who is not seeking re-election. Patricia Greaves is running unopposed for the vacated seat of Jennifer Kurko, who moved, and that seat is for a one-year, 43-day term. The other seats are three years.

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