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Miller Place school district


6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at North Country Road Middle School.


The district proposes a $70,006,880 budget for 2015-16, a 1.44 percent increase from the current $69,014,259. The local tax levy would rise 2.85 percent, from $43,576,179 to $44,819,949. The increase equals the state's tax-cap limit of 2.85 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home would increase 2.85 percent, from $7,993.50 to $8,221.65.

The proposed budget includes a 0.9 percent teacher salary increase plus a 2 percent step increase. Current levels of staffing and programs are maintained.

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Two candidates are running for one at-large seat: Keith J. Frank and Michael Manspeizer. Michael Unger is not seeking re-election. The term is three years.

Michael Manspeizer

BACKGROUND: Manspeizer, 55, has lived in the district 11 years. Manspeizer is a program manager for Cisco Systems in Manhattan. Manspeizer was elected to the school board in 2013 to complete the unexpired term of another school board member who had resigned. He lost a re-election bid last year. Manspeizer has a bachelor's degree in political science from SUNY New Paltz. He took graduate courses at Brooklyn College and has a project management professional certificate from the Project Management Institute. He has two children, one a district graduate and one attending a district public school.

ISSUES: Manspeizer said he can help the district because he has 14 months of prior experience as a school board member. He said that as a project manager he manages "several million dollars of business for Cisco Systems." He said if elected he would "work to preserve and enhance our district's sound financial position." Manspeizer added, "I may not have all the answers, but I pledge that I will work very hard in this volunteer position."

Keith J. Frank

BACKGROUND: Frank, 50, is an attorney with Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana in Uniondale. Frank has lived in the district 12 years. He has a bachelor's degree in economics and history from LIU Post in Brookville and a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead. Frank is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and chaired its labor and employment committee from 2011 to 2013. He is a former North Shore Little League coach. His three children attend district schools. This is his first run for the school board.

ISSUES: Frank said, "I decided to run for the school board in this time of financial constraint and the advent of Common Core and testing to help assure that Miller Place students' education does not get caught up in the politics of the moment." Frank said he wants to work "in a financially constructive way" to assure that students have the benefit of school programs that "contribute to them becoming well-rounded both academically and through sports, clubs or artistic endeavors." He said his "practical experience" as a business attorney will help him to "focus on attaining these results."

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