Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Don’t forget: The vote on the budget for the 2013-2014 school year will take place this Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Roslyn High School.
Residents of the Roslyn School District will be voting on the 2013-2014 budget, three seats on the Roslyn Board of Education, the Bryant Library budget and two propositions, one concerning capital projects and the other on transportation vehicles.
This year, the Roslyn School District’s proposed budget stands at $102,065,212. District officials said that the budget-to-budget increase is 2.63 percent, and the projected tax levy increase is 2.11 percent.
In his comments on the budget approved by the school board, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brenner said that the district, unlike others in Long Island, has been able to “institute new programs and expand existing ones.” That includes the iPad initiative, a literacy program, a new elementary math curriculum and Common Core standards. Dr. Brenner added that the prudent use of the district’s reserves has allowed it to average an average tax levy increase of 1.4 percent over the past five years, lower than the state mandated two percent cap.
“Every year, we take a hard look at the budget to focus on what we really need to keep our schools moving forward,” the superintendent wrote in a recent column in The Roslyn News. “We pursue efficiencies in every aspect of the budget. And we seek partners to help us fund educational innovation wherever possible.”
Two incumbents and one challenger are running for the board of education. Individuals who have filed petitions to be candidates, in the order in which they will appear on the ballot, are Bruce G. Valauri, Steven B. Litvack and David P. Dubner. Valauri and Litvack are incumbents and Dubner is the challenger. The two candidates who win the most votes will be elected to full, three-year terms, beginning in July. The candidate who comes in third will be elected to complete the unexpired term of former trustee Dani Kline. This means that all three candidates will be elected to the board in one form or another.
The other budget on the ballot is for the Bryant Library. District officials said that details of the library budget can be obtained by visiting www.bryantlibrary.org or by calling the library at 621-2240.
Finally, voters will either approve or turn down two propositions. Proposition 3, as noted, concerns the transfer of $4,062,000 from Capital Reserve Funds for capital projects. In addition, Proposition 4 is a vote on approving the lease-purchase of three school buses and two vans to replace what district officials claim are aging vehicles. Superintendent Brenner added that monies spent for Proposition 3 from the capital reserves would not have any additional tax impact on district voters.
To vote in a school election, an individual must be: a U.S. citizen, 18 years old by Election Day, May 21, a resident in the Roslyn School District for at least 30 days by Election Day and already registered to vote.
For additional budget information, visit the district’s website at www.roslynschools.org or call 801-5030.
Call the district clerk at 801-5002 for absentee ballots or additional voter information.