The deadline for filing for the May 19 Board of Education elections has passed and the Roslyn School District confirms that the following candidates are eligible for the three contested seats.
Incumbent members Dani Kline, Ron Smith, and David Seinfeld are up for re-election. All three plan to run for another three-year term. Only one challenger, Adam Haber, will also run for the BOE.
On May 19, voters in the Roslyn School District will vote not only for the BOE election, but also on the 2009-2010 school budget, the Bryant Library for that same fiscal year, and for a Proposition 3 measure. Proposition 3, district officials said, would authorize the BOE to expend $938,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for capital projects that will be initiated next year. District officials emphasized that Proposition 3, if approved, would not increase taxes in the 2009-10 school year, as such funds have already been set aside.
At its April 3 meeting, the Roslyn School District Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a budget to be placed on the May 19 ballot. The BOE approved a budget that calls for a spending increase of less than 1 percent and a projected tax levy of 1.3 percent. Total spending amounts to $94,751,350.
According to district officials, the BOE began budget deliberations in January with the goal of keeping the budget increase below 4 percent. However, worsening economic conditions forced the BOE to seek additional spending reductions. District officials said that reductions would take place in numerous budget areas, including staffing, employee benefits, maintenance, furniture, equipment, and supplies. The reductions, officials added, total nearly $3 million. They do not include the elimination of any academic programs. As a result, the budget-to-budget increase, officials said, is 0.6 percent.
This year, more so than previous ones, local residents have called for a fiscally prudent budget, one that eliminates all the "fluff" from any proposed final document. Residents have looked into contracts with district employees, the superintendent's salary, the teachers' union medical insurance plans, employee pensions, the administrative budget, and such specific spending proposals on interscholastic athletics, plus the Materials and Supplies and Field Trips segments of the budget. In all, residents have called on the district to operate with the same "belt tightening" measures that the average resident must operate under.
During every election season, the school district holds a Meet the Candidates Night at Roslyn High School. The Roslyn News will keep readers posted as to when this year's candidate forum is held.