Area voters to decide school budgets, board seats

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Polls were open Tuesday in many school districts across Long Island for residents to vote on proposed budgets totaling almost $13 billion, along with contested board races featuring 207 candidates in 56 districts.

Most of the local districts have kept any project tax levy increase within the state mandated limit.

The Mamaroneck school district is seeking approval for a $138.9 million budget, which is up 2.84 percent over the current spending package.

She said collaboration with neighboring school districts has helped to keep costs down, though there are a handful of one-time costs contributing to this year's increase.

If you want to know more about your school district budget and the candidates running for your school board, check out your district websites.

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For many districts, the proposed 2018-19 budgets provide a chance to restore student programs and services lost during the years immediately following the Great Recession.

The average increase in teacher pay is 2.2% or $1,401.

Smith said each finalist will spend one day in the district touring schools and the community and interacting with board members, employees and the public. With the receipt of some additional state aid combined with funds from our reserves, the budget gap was reduced to $400,000. The board also shaved a mill off the tax rate previous year. "It would be an addition of around $311,000 in this year's budget".

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In New Rochelle, the budget will need at least 60 percent of voters to approve the spending plan in order to pass.

A schedule for five followup meetings to take place in schools around the district will be released in the coming days.

Polls will be open in the Amagansett school gymnasium from 2 to 8 p.m.

Tuckahoe residents can cast their votes from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m.in the Tuckahoe School library.

Voters will decide on the 2018-19 general budget as well as a proposition to purchase two 66-passenger school buses and for one seat on the board of education.

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