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The district proposes an $18,993,248 budget for 2015-16, a 1.97 percent increase from the current $18,625,426. The local tax levy would increase 1.83 percent, from $16,812,630 to $17,120,393.

This increase is equal to the state's tax-cap limit of 1.899 percent, so a simple majority vote will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home would increase 1.83 percent, from $3,233.88 to $3,293.10. The district is currently in contract negotiations. There are no cuts in services, staff or programs.

A ballot proposition asks voters to approve a five-year tuition agreement with schools who send their students to East Hampton High School. "It is in the best interest to know how many students to expect each year," superintendent Jack Perna said. "In exchange we get a 5 percent discount off the state's recommended formula for calculating tuition based on two years," he added. This would not result in a tax increase exceeding the district cap.

The district under the budget proposal will also restore Montauk Afternoons, an after-school child care program that will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. Each child's family will pay $7, and an additional $5 for a sibling.

The district also is restoring an extra late bus for high school students.

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Incumbent Diane Hausman faces a challenge from Carmine Marino Jr. for a five-year term on the board.

Diane HausmanBACKGROUND: Hausman, 60, a hotel owner, earned an associate degree in business administration from SUNY Cobleskill. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration at SUNY in Utica/Rome. She has been a board of education member for 20 years; president for the past six years and former vice president for three years. She is chairwoman of the Montauk Citizens Advisory Committee; former board member for the Montauk Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the Montauk Playhouse Community Center. She retired from the position in 2012. Her son was a student at Montauk schools and East Hampton High School.

ISSUES: Hausman says the 2 percent tax cap "has severely impacted all districts." She said the important issue is "always finding the balance between ensuring that the children have all the necessary tools to become global learners while at the same time keeping in step with the fiduciary responsibility of the entire community of taxpayers." She said: "Our faculty is always researching and seeking out ways to incorporate and improve learning by applying for grants to help ease the burden on taxpayers."

Carmine Marino Jr.BACKGROUND: Marino, 59, is a retired assistant civil engineer. His wife is a Montauk School teacher's aide. He is a graduate of St. John the Baptist High School and Farmingdale State College, earning a degree in labor relations and management. He is a commissioner of the Montauk Fire District, a Montauk Library trustee and member of the Montauk Lions Club. His three adult children attended Montauk schools and East Hampton High School.

ISSUES: Marino said he wants to bring "transparency and cooperation" to the board of education. "Certain members of the board do not listen to the parents and staff of the district. They need to make openness and communication a priority," he said.

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