Community members, school board consider school closing, special-ed issues

School budget votes and school board elections will be held Tuesday. Here residents of the Fayetteville Manlius school district vote in 2012

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Voters in the East Greenbush Central School District will head to the polls from 7 a.m.to 9 p.m.to vote on a proposed budget, which maintains all current programs and services, totals $94.3 million, an increase of 2.29% from past year.

Spending plans for 669 districts across the state are up to vote and have to comply with the rules for the state's cap on property taxes for the eighth consecutive year.

At the Springs School, polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. Voters will cast ballots on a almost $28.9 million budget and the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible school bus.

Voters will also elect school board trustees and decide on a variety of other propositions, such as new bus purchases in some districts.

The $46,550,725 proposed 2018-19 budget adopted by the Oneida City School District Board of Education on April 23, 2018 reflects a 5.25 percent budget increase.

In Springs, voters will be asked to reelect Springs School Board President Barbara Dayton along with the school's proposed $28.87 million budget for the 2018-19 school year. Also vying for a seat on the board are newcomers Katrina Talbot Bratge and Denise A. Szarek.

John Hildebrand is Newsday's senior education writer and has covered school news and policy issues affecting Long Island for more than 40 years.

Those in the Lansingburgh Central School District will vote on a $50,696,799 budget, representing an 8.59 percent increase.

In East Hampton, voting takes place in the district office at East Hampton High School from 1 to 8 p.m. According to the district's website, if approved, this budget would see the annual school tax bill for the average homeowner rise by $33. The proposed overall budget is $12,232,212.

The district's current full value tax rate is $14.37 per $1,000 of assessed value.

There are also five candidates vying for three vacant seats on the Board of Education. Mitchell Lemaire, who had been a former board member, was appointed to fill a vacancy left by Kelly Flint in September. Three incumbent board members are running unopposed.

Voting will be held in East Quogue Elementary.

Residents can cast ballots, and vote on the board's $57.1 million budget, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.in the high school's large group instruction room.

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