Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Waverly High School gym. Heather Soroka, now serves as vice president of the school board and is seeking a second term on the Board of Education.
Voters in the Mamaroneck and Rye Neck school districts will be deciding budgets for the 2018-19 school year Tuesday.
The district's budget woes are due, in part, to a decline in student enrollment. Polls are open into the evening in all districts from Montauk to Bridgehampton. Board president James Howard did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Also in Watervliet, taxpayers will vote for four candidates who are vying for two at-large school board seats.
The resolution is being submitted to the Board prior to adoption of the 2018-19 budget, and is based on multiple-year projections of the District's fiscal situation. Additionally, the district has forecast a decrease in the tax rate from $11.50 per $1,000 of assessed value to $11.15 per $1,000.
She's spent her first year familiarizing herself with the vast school system, which operates as a single district, and includes 256 schools, 36 public charter schools, 21,000 total staff members and 179,000 students.
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And board member T.J. Mertz said the proposed policy change implies there's a current problem with board members' requests for information - including, he said, inquiries that have uncovered changes to special education staffing levels that the board was not notified about and an increase in the number of bilingual and special education staff not being fully licensed.
In East Hampton, three candidates-Incumbent Christina DeSanti and newcomers Jeffrey Erickson and Sarah Minardi-will be vying for two seats on the School Board.
A full 100 percent of districts' spending plans in Nassau and Suffolk counties - 124 budgets in all - passed in the initial round of balloting at this time a year ago, meaning that no revotes were needed in June.
The board "acknowledges that the superintendent just started her administration and that there is still much done to be around complex issues, such as teacher recruitment and retention, the achievement gap and equity", the summary says.
The day when school board member was the most thankless elected office in the land has given way to public-spirited candidates who don't mind the long hours, high stress and zero pay.