School board and budget elections are vitally important for communities such as ours. Not only do they dictate the taxes we pay, but with every budget and school board trustee lies decisions that affect the quality of the school system, which, yes, impacts your home values.
So, today, Tuesday, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., you have the opportunity to voice your opinion on something that could not get any more local. Here is what you District 14 and 15 residents can expect to see on the ballots.
On the slate is a , or about 2.37 percent higher than last year's plan. The fiscal plan keeps most, if not all, of the education programs the district has provided to students intact. Most of the increase is attributed to the swelling of benefit costs, according to administrators.
Three residents are also vying for two seats on the board of trustees in an at large election. Incumbent Teena Ditchek Korman is seeking her fourth term on the board, while Central Council PTA Co-President Cheryl May and active parent Scott McInnes seek to join the board as a pair. Read more about each candidates’ positions on some issues .
Voting will take place at at 1 Johnson Pl.
The school district is proposing to by .36 percent, totaling a $93 million budget. The board and administration achieved this by laying off staff and consolidating the responsibilities of administrators. District officials say their plan will enhance educational programs and add clubs.
Board President Murray Forman and Vice President Dr. Asher Mansdorf are seeking reelection for their seats. Nicole Di Iorio and Gwynn Campbell, respectively, are their opposition.
Also on the ballot is a vote on Peninsula Public Library’s budget as well as two candidates for its board. For more details, click .
You can vote at , Number Six School (523 Church Ave., Woodmere), and Atlantic Beach Village Hall (65 the Plaza, Atlantic Beach).
Five Towns Patch will have results as soon as they are available.