Valley Stream’s four school districts can expect the 2018-19 fiscal year to be challenging. School boards are grappling with unpredictable revenue streams, due to Nassau County’s property tax assessment issues and uncertainties associated with the Green Acres PILOT payments.
Next week, Valley Stream voters will head to the polls to vote on the districts’ budgets and elect their Board of Education representatives. Here’s what you need to know.
In District 13
President William Stris is running unopposed. Vice President Vinayak Pandit is being challenged by Reginald St. Fort.
District 13 residents will vote on a $51.5 million budget, with a tax levy — the total amount that needs to be collected in taxes to meet expenses — of almost $36.4 million. The proposed budget includes one new full-time special education teacher and one new full-time classroom teacher. Voters are also being asked to approve the creation of a new capital reserve fund, at no additional cost to taxpayers.
In District 24
Trustee Donna Larocco is being challenged by parent and PTA member Melissa Herrera.
Residents will also vote on a $28.75 million budget, with a $20.6 million tax levy, for an average per-household property-tax increase of $118.
Security enhancements, additional mental-health programs, virtual-reality programs, district-wide keyboarding classes and upgrades to the parental portal are driving the increases. Programming accounts for roughly 77.5 percent of the district’s expenditures for next year.
Voters will also decide on a proposition to create a reserve fund of $2 million to pay for reconstruction costs.
In District 30
Trustee Ingrid Wyllie Dacon is running unopposed.
District residents will also vote on a $35.5 million proposed budget, with a $22.2 million tax levy. The 13.7 percent increase represents the district’s readjustment from a miscalculation of the Green Acres Mall payments in lieu of taxes. The proposed budget will fund Google Expeditions — a virtual reality headset. There will also be a proposition to create a new reserve fund.
In the Central District
The Central High School District is proposing a $117.1 million budget, with an $82.9 million tax levy. The budget will fund an expansion of the Advanced Placement Capstone course, as well as security upgrades, including new cameras and identification systems.
Residents will also vote on two propositions. The first would allow the district to spend $4.6 million for upgrades to the buildings, and the second would allow the district to create a new reserve fund for capital improvements.
Below are the candidates who are competing for seats on their respective boards of education.