Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

School district looks to cut spending by $3.5 Million in 2019-20

School district looks to cut spending by $3.5 Million in 2019-20

The East Quogue School District will be asking taxpayers to vote on a proposed $25.1 million operating budget for the 2018-19 school year, which will increase the tax levy by roughly 2.7 percent.

Schools that are proposing budgets that exceed the tax cap are required by law to have the approval of 60% of their district voters. The budget proposal would increase the tax levy to voters by approximately $200,000, or 3.4 percent.

Some of the polls open as early as 7 a.m. and they're open until 9 p.m. tonight.

The capital project calls for several energy-efficiency improvements in all buildings; safety and security upgrades; mechanical upgrades in all buildings; a new multi-purpose turf athletic field and a pool renovation at the high school/middle school complex; and technology-related upgrades for educational facilities.

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.

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. Three of the seats are for three-year terms.

Kishimoto, who has a three-year contract with a $240,000 annual salary, assumed her new role at a transitional time for the state's schools.

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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.

It passed by a 7-2 vote Monday, with a final vote expected next month.

"W$3 hile these actions must be taken to maintain the fiscal stability of the District, the Board of Education will continue to make every effort to sustain a high quality education program for our students", the resolution said.

Current school board members, John Dunn, Jennifer Massey, Michele Skumurski and JoAnn Taylor are all seeking re-election to the board as well. District voters will additionally be voting on a proposed $21.2 million budget.

Voting will be held in East Quogue Elementary.

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

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