Hewlett-Woodmere School District Holds Election Tuesday

Check out our stories of this year's budget season.

With the use of reserve funds and the elimination of administrative positions, the Hewlett-Woodmere School District’s proposed budget of $105 million has the district’s “lowest in a long time” tax levy of 1.91 percent with little to no changes to education.

Polls will be open at from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. On the ballot will be the proposed budget, as well a proposition allowing the district to create a repair reserve fund from surplus funds. Four people are also vying for three seats on the board of education. The three that receive the most votes will be elected.

Here is our coverage of this year’s proposed budget:

Here are the candidate’s answers to the PTA questionnaire and a lively comment debate:


Our comparisons of nearby school districts:


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Fred Usherson May 14, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Folks, if you take a look at the cost per pupil as reported by the five towns patch.com staff, you will see that Hewlett-Woodmere has the highest cost, yet our students are lacking in computers and other resources. So where is the money going? Answer: Wasteful spending and administrators pockets. For our children's sake, I ask you to pass the budget and do a protest vote. Vote for me, Fred Usherson only and don't vote for Witt, Gates, or Altus. This will send a clear message to our board and district that we want the wasteful spending to stop and put the money back into the classroom for our children!
Stephen B. Witt May 15, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Fred, Again you put out information that is not true. Let me again remind you that no other high school and Nassau has a lat top in the hands of every student and that Hewlett-Woodmere and that Hewlett-Woodmere is according to Nassau BOCES one of the most highest tech districts on Long Island. Also Fred is asking you to bullet vote just for him when in fact you can vote for three candidates to fill the three open seats. Fred I served in the Army just to protect our democratic traditions, not to bullet vote. I am asking our community to support Jon Altus, Melissa Gates and Steve Witt because we are more qualified and have more experience working for the children in our district.
Fred Usherson May 15, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Steve, since you are also President of the Nassau BOCES Board, you can compliment yourself. I am here to offer our children a better alternative than you, our board and your running mates are willing to offer--except more money to retireing administrators. You want to see more high tech Long Island school districts, check out the newspaper articles on my website, FRED4HW.COM.
Fred Usherson May 15, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Steve, i want to thank you and all the veterans for your service to our country. I worked as an Engineer in the defense industry for eight years before I became an educator for now completing 18 years.


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