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William Floyd school district

VOTING

7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at William Floyd High School.

THE BUDGET

The district proposes a $222,988,432 budget for 2015-16, a 0.43 percent decrease from the current $223,943,389. The local tax levy would increase 1.95 percent, from $93,886,348 to $95,717,132. This is within the state's tax-cap limit of 2.95 percent, so a simple majority will be required to approve the budget. School taxes on the average single-family home would rise 1.95 percent, from $5,611.67 to $5,721.09.

District officials reported that salary negotiations are ongoing and salary and step increase information were unavailable.

The budget adds 20.5 teaching positions and seven teaching assistants and would restore the position of fine arts coordinator, overseeing art and music. It includes additions in sports, such as two middle school volleyball coaches; a strength coach; additional hours for the athletic trainer; and six new assistant coaches -- a varsity assistant coach each for boys and girls soccer; a junior varsity assistant coach each for boys and girls soccer; and a junior varsity assistant coach each for boys and girls lacrosse.

Other additions include elementary and middle school academic clubs, summer literacy programs and summer STEM programs for middle schools and more.

A ballot proposition asks voters to allow the district to put any extra available funds into the repair reserve fund, which is used to pay for infrastructure and equipment repairs that do not recur annually. The total amount in the reserve fund cannot exceed $5 million, and expenditures can be made only after a public hearing is held, except in emergency situations. Approval of the proposition would not affect the tax levy or tax rate.

District website:

wfsd.k12.ny.us

THE CANDIDATES

Incumbents Thomas Gross and Robert Vecchio are running unopposed in the by-seat election. Terms are two years.

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