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Voter's Guide: Glen Cove School Budget, Board Election

Glen Cove District residents will vote on the district’s $79 million proposed budget for the 2014-15 school year on Tuesday.

The proposal calls for a 3.41 percent increase in spending over the current year and carries a 1.58 percent percent tax levy increase, which is within the state's tax cap.

School officials say the fiscal plan allows for efficiencies while enhancing opportunities for children within the district’s instructional programs.

Two candidates are running for two school board seats. Incumbents Barrie Dratch and Maureen Pappachristou are running unopposed.

Voting will be held 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Robert M. Finley Middle School, Landing Elementary School, Margaret A. Connolly Elementary School and the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club.

Find polling information and district's budget newsletter here

How do you plan to vote on the proposed school budget and school board election? Let us know in the comments section below.
Prof. Walter Jameson May 19, 2014 at 07:30 PM
To The Editor: If at all possible, once the voting is done and a final tally is reported, could you please publish a breakdown of the results by voting precincts, i.e.: Finley, Landing, Connolly, and GCB&G Club? Thank you.
Adina Genn May 19, 2014 at 10:20 PM
Hi Prof., I will try to get that information.
Grace Slezak May 20, 2014 at 09:36 AM
In order to avoid any misunderstanding, please note that Finley is the Middle School, not an elementary school as stated in the above article. It is very important to get out and vote.
Prof. Walter Jameson May 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM
In further support of the exhortations to get out and vote, I just wanted to provide a link to a short column in today's NY Post that explains clearly how the Tax Cap Law of 2011 has been effective with regard to its impact on school budgets and planning. I particularly want to draw attention to the part of the article that sheds some light on who is the chief opponent of the Tax Cap Law. It's all very interesting and worth your time to read. ¶ http://nypost.com/2014/05/20/school-districts-unseemly-quest-for-more-cash/
Prof. Walter Jameson May 20, 2014 at 10:37 PM
As of 10:30 pm, News 12 is reporting that the Glen Cove school budget passed with 740 (yes) to 330 (no) votes. That amounts to about 69% of the vote. The total number of votes counted is 1070. By my calculation, that is roughly 7% of the entire eligible voting pool in the City of Glen Cove. Wow ... can it get any more pathetic than that?! Would love to see the individual precinct breakout on this.

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