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Saturday, May 30, 2015
MALVERNE: Vote 'yes' on school budget

Vote to approve Malverne school budget

On Tuesday, Malverne voters will go to the polls to decide on the school budget for the upcoming year. We believe that the $52.5 million spending plan is well allocated, and the tax levy increase of 2.06 percent — the district’s lowest in the past 15 years, according to school officials — is needed.

The budget retains a large majority of the staff and allows only a small growth in class sizes.

This spending plan will serve the district’s students well, and we encourage residents to approve it.

O’Connor for school board

There are three residents running for one seat on the Malverne Board of Education. Marguerite O’Connor, the board’s president, is being challenged by Jan Kasal and Cornelius Todd Smith for the seat that O’Connor has held for two years.

O’Connor says she has worked to make more Malverne students eligible for higher education, and intends to boost that percentage in another term.

For Kasal, the most important issue in this election is attracting Malverne residents’ attention to school board matters.

O’Connor has done a good job of directing education in the district. Kasal’s scope seems a bit too broad, as it’s directed at statewide policy on education rather than the district’s policies.

We urge a vote for O’Connor.

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Malverne, schools, Nassau, NY

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My family voted YES only to find out within days after the budget was passed the Malverne School District is cutting back by removing school bus monitors. As a parent with several children in the school system for many years I believe this to be a real safety issue. Over the years my children have told me stories of misconduct on the bus and I can't imagine how these actions would have played out if there wasn't an adult monitor. Not to mention how many times young children fall asleep on the bus. The driver can't possibly divert his attention to deal with these matters.

I hope other parents speak up and question this poor decision.

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