10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Great Neck Road Elementary School.
The district proposes a $112,478,394 budget for 2015-16, a 2.61 percent increase from the current $109,618,073. The local tax levy would rise 2.57 percent, from $57,100,506 to $58,566,693. The increase is within the state's tax-cap limit of 2.57 percent, so a simple majority vote is required to approve the budget.
School taxes on the average single-family house would increase 2.57 percent, from $4,798.39 to $4,921.74. The proposed budget includes a 2.65 percent step increase for teachers, but no contractual salary increase.
It would add the equivalent of 4.7 full-time teacher positions, reduce elementary class sizes and add music programs.
Incumbents Michael L. Greb and Laura Gavey are running unopposed. Terms are three years. Kimberly Healy, Viscel C. Moore and Peter Robinson are vying for the seat formerly held by Henry Johnson, who resigned in August.
Kimberly Healy BACKGROUND: Healy, 45, has lived in the district for 13 years. Healy is an account executive at CARR, a technology-solutions company in Melville. She is an active member of the Copiague Middle School PTA and was formerly a member of the Deauville Gardens Elementary School PTA. She has chaired the Deauville PTA Green Committee and the Parents as Reading Partners Committee. Healy studied liberal arts at Suffolk County Community College but did not receive a degree. She has a child in a district school. Healy, who is a regular attendee at school board meetings, is making her first run for the board.
ISSUES: Healy said "teaching students to set goals, raise their standards, be masters in emotion, relationships, finances and time management are highly sought after skills," which she says should be "an integral part of our curriculum." She continued, "as a team leader and project manager, I feel I have the tools to help facilitate this by setting up think tanks or forums to discuss these real-life expectations." She said she would draw on the expertise of teachers, administrators, guidance counselors and professionals "as a guide to possibly re-evaluate and/or tweak current curriculum to create projects and/or assignments" to prepare students for success beyond academia.
Viscel C. Moore
BACKGROUND: Moore, 44, is a time-and-labor management implementation specialist for Automatic Data Processing in Melville. Moore was raised in Copiague and is a 1988 graduate of Copiague High School. She is studying for a bachelor of science in business management and economics at SUNY Empire State College. Moore is a member of the Central Long Island NAACP and is a youth advocate at Bethel AME Church in Copiague. She has two children who attend district public schools. This is Moore's first run for the school board.
ISSUES: Moore said she regularly attends Copiague school board meetings. She says the district's students and parents "need more tools and resources to help meet the standards of the Common Core curriculum." She said the needed additional resources include textbooks or workbooks "with explanations, examples, terms and definitions." She added, "The district has a huge printing expense, and I'm sure a large part is due to the handouts the children receive. Hopefully, reputable books can be found to defray some of those costs." Moore said the district should offer after-school sessions in which children can get extra help with their studies.
Peter Robinson BACKGROUND: Robinson, 30, grew up in Lindenhurst and has lived in the district 30 years. He attended district schools K-12 and is a 2003 graduate of Copiague High School. Robinson is a substitute social studies teacher at Copiague High School. He has a bachelor of arts in history from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania, and a master of arts in teaching from Stony Brook University. Robinson is a member of the Copiague Kiwanis Club and is a merit badge counselor and an Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 284, which meets at Copiague Middle School. He also is a member of the Suffolk County Historical Society. He ran for the school board last year and says he lost by about 50 votes.
ISSUES: Robinson said that as an educator he can help the community better understand the Common Core curriculum. "Like everything else, there's always good and there's always bad," he said of Common Core, adding, "there is always going to be a problem with something that's new." Robinson said if elected he would be "well equipped to act as an intermediary between the community and the state in Common Core problems, and would relay information to the people of the community as well as carry the community's grievances to the state."