May 10, 2006
Southampton Town Schools: Election And Budget Preview
By Carey London
Schools across New York State will be holding school board elections and budget votes next Tuesday. The following is a preview of the candidates, proposed budgets, and propositions of the school districts in Southampton Town.
There are three seats open on the Bridgehampton School Board but only incumbents Susan Hiscock and James Walker are running. The third seat is still up for grabs. The proposed budget is $9.8 million, the same as last year.
Two seats are up for grabs on the Sag Harbor School Board. Incumbent Pamela Kern is up against challengers Susan Kinsella, Walter Wilcoxen, and Thomas Fabiano.
The proposed budget is $27.6 million, up 1.05%. The tax rate would be $554.59 in East Hampton and $5.90 in Southampton per $1000 of assessed value because East Hampton properties are assessed at only a small percentage of the full value while Southampton properties are assessed at almost full value. The board also has one proposition to approve, which would allocate $550,000 from the school's Capital Reserve Fund to renovate the high school roof, elementary gym floor, and auditorium.
Newcomer Tracey Waleko is running unopposed for one seat on the Sagaponack School Board. The school's proposed budget is $1.24 million, a .43% increase over last year. The tax rate would be $4.89 per $1000. There are no propositions to consider.
Three candidates are vying for three seats on the Southampton School Board. Board president Reverend Marvin Dozier is running against newcomers David Corwith and Laura Sinski-McMahon. The proposed budget for Southampton is $46.6 million, up 3.37% from last year. The tax rate would be $2.83 per $1000 of assessed value.
The ballot will have six propositions, including one to pass the budget. A second proposes spending $5 million for improvements to school buildings to be paid for with taxes. Another is to authorize the allocation of no more than $514,850 from the school's Capital Reserve Account for structural improvements to school buildings. The district will also ask voters to approve spending $328,860 for a recreation program through the Southampton Youth Association; $329,184 for services with the Parrish Art Museum; and $52,000 for services with the Southampton Historical Museum.
Two newcomers are vying for a spot on the Tuckahoe School Board. Dr. Gary Manowitz and Sharon Grindle are going after one seat on the board. The proposed budget is $13.9 million, representing an 11% increase over last year. The tax rate would be $7.31 per $1000.
There will be four propositions to consider. Voters will be asked to direct the district to spend $45,360 for its participation with the Southampton Youth Association and $7274 for its participation with the Parrish Art Museum. District residents will also be asked to authorize the district's Board of Trustees to contract out the education of high school students, grades 9-12, and to provide them with transportation to the designated schools. Last, the trustees are looking to establish a Capital Reserve Fund for infrastructure renovations and capital improvements within the next 15 years. The total amount of the fund could not exceed $2 million, with annual contributions capped at $600,000 from a non-appropriated fund balance.
There are two seats open on the Hampton Bays School Board and four candidates are looking to fill them. Incumbents Jen Boyer and Chris Katz are up against challengers Lisa Fotopoulos and Kerry Lane. This year's proposed budget is $32.7 million, up 11.95%. The tax rate would be $11.38 per $1000. There are no propositions to consider.
Edward T. Otis and Walter Stockton are running unopposed for two seats on the Quogue School Board. The proposed budget is $5.9 million, up 2.72% over last year, which would result in a tax hike of .24 cents per $1000 of assessed value. There are no propositions to consider.
There is one seat open on the Westhampton Beach School Board and two candidates looking to fill it. Incumbent Aram Terchunian is up against challenger William F. Dalton. The proposed budget is $40.9 million, up 11.5%. The tax rate would increase to $6.64 per $1000 of assessed value. The school has one proposition to increase the library budget by $299,188, from $695,000 to $994,188.
Call your district for polling places and times.