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100 Things to Do in Commack: #87 Vote in the School Election

Parents and taxpayers can vote on the budget and Board of Ed candidates on May 17.

A month since the by the Commack Board of Education and after close to a dozen public hearings, parents and taxpayers can vote on the budget and elect candidates to the board.

marks the date in which Commack district residents have the opportunity to vote "yes" or "no" on the proposed budget as well as decide who will sit on the Board of Ed next year.

and are competing for a seat on the board following the . Mary Jo Macsiello, who has served as president of the board for the last nine years, is running unopposed for another term.

In April, the board adopted the proposed $166 million budget, which comes with a $2.96 percent tax levy. A contingency budget would require cut toaling $1.2 million, for a tax levy of 2.21 percent or roughly 19 cents per day per household.

The budget is the end product of a district-wide overhaul, as the forced administrators and teachers to re-evaluate their needs.

While dozens of clubs, honor societies and intramural sports were reinstated for a 1-year term, the district eliminated custodians as well as two assistant superintendents to mitigate cost increases. Four chairperson positions and a clerical worker were also cut.

Now it's up to you, the taxpayers, to voice your opinions on the budget.

Category: Schools
Price: Free
Season: The decisions made in the elections and budget vote affect Commack residents year-round.
Note: Residents who live north of Jericho Tunrpike vote at Commack High School and those south of Jericho vote at Commack Middle School.

Stay tuned for #86 next week, and if you missed #88.

Shan17817 May 17, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Well stated!
Vito May 17, 2011 at 11:26 AM
To keeps families in Commack...Vote... NO NO NO

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