Jamestown School Budget Vote, Board Election is Tuesday


Durham County property taxes are going up, but schools don't get all the money they want under the county manager's proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

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. Without voter input, the Board of Education becomes little more than a rubber stamp for state mandates.

In Sagaponack, two candidates, Diana Payne and Lauren Thayer, will be vying for one seat on the School Board.

Poll watchers will be available to assist anyone who needs instructions on how to cast a write-in ballot.

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In compliance with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the Board will consider declaring the District's need for fully qualified educators and will consider approving previously-reviewed new science course materials that would be used next year at Martinez Junior High School.

Polls open at the school gymnasium at noon Tuesday and stay open until 9 p.m.

The bill demotes Gary's elected school board to an advisory board that only can meet up to four times a year, and Hinckley is no longer required to consult with its members.

More than half of homeowners in Nassau County and almost one-third in Suffolk pay $10,000 or more in property taxes, compared with a national rate of 4.4 percent, according to Attom Data Solutions, a California-based real-estate information company. Gallo was an OUSD board member from 1992-2012. The cuts are phased in over three years.

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He declined to say when the incident happened, whether it involved a student or whether the school district was aware of the issue prior to the federal investigation since the details could reveal private student information. "It would be an addition of around $311,000 in this year's budget". District voters will additionally be voting on a proposed $21.2 million budget.

The proposed 2018-19 spending plan is $27,894,313, an increase of $489,197, or 1.79 percent over the current budget.

Tuckahoe residents can cast their votes from 7 a.m.to 8 p.m.in the Tuckahoe School library. 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. Shawn Smeltzer, is seeking a first term on the Board of Education.

And in Westhampton Beach, both candidates are unopposed. Newcomer Heather Wright will be replacing School Board member Claire Bean, who has opted not to run for reelection.

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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.