Voting begins Tuesday in LI's 124 public school districts

Voters head to the polls Tuesday to approve or reject school budgets and elect school board members. Here poll workers help or wait for voters in the West Genesee Central School District in 2009

Many local school districts in the area are voting on their proposed district budgets today, and voting on members for their Board of Education. The district projects that its 2018-19 tax levy - that is, total revenues raised through property taxes - will rise 2.72 percent, rather than the maximum under the cap of almost 4.22 percent.

Islandwide, proposed spending plans show an average 2.85 percent increase for the coming academic year, to $12.8 billion, while tax collections would grow 2.37 percent, to $8.7 billion. The cuts are needed if the District is to keep receiving positive certification, Assistant Superintendent Helen Rossi said in her report.

In addition to the budget plan - which includes no tax increase - voters will also act on two propositions along with selecting two candidates to serve on the school board.

The $32,633,544 budget, which is 3.21 percent more than this year's spending plan, calls for a hike in the tax levy of 2 percent - short of the state tax cap of 3.8 percent.

Last Monday evening, I attended the Waterloo Board of Education meeting to hear about the bullying controversy as well as gather information about the 10 candidates running for the school board.

Q: According to state law, the school board's fundamental role is to establish policy for the district with the focus on student achievement. Several juniors at Creed spoke before the board, saying they are uncertain about the school they will graduate from.

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The Mayor and Superintendent said the district is facing a $20 million deficit that and closing the three schools will save about $4.5 million.

The budget is for the 2018-19 fiscal year, which begins July 1. "The setup of this fund is by us putting in $2 million in cash, we'll be eligible for $98 million of aid [from New York State]".

In Montauk, incumbent School Board member Lee White, the father of two Montauk School students, who works in property management, does appraisals and also works at the Harvest restaurant, is running unopposed for a second five-year term on the board. That is not the reality, however, and we believe that this program is an opportunity to make a real difference in our classrooms, schools and the larger community.

In Hampton Bays, voters will be asked to cast ballots approving its proposed $52.5 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year.

ORISKANY - The annual school district budget vote will be held in the Canopy Entrance of the Oriskany Central High School building on Tuesday from noon until 8:30 p.m.

Polls are open from 7 a.m.to 9 p.m.at the Lansingburgh High School Gym Foyer, located at 320 7th Ave, Troy. and at the Speigletown Firehouse, located at 146 Speigletown Rd, Troy.

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