Lawrence school budget deserves approval
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Incumbent Nahum Marcus is being challenged by past board member Michael Hatten. Marcus has been an effective advocate for children with special needs and their parents. Hatten, the owner of a vocational school, is also a strong candidate. However, we think Marcus’s experience and ability to be a distinct voice on the board sets him apart, and we endorse him.
Longtime Trustee David Sussman is running unopposed for his seventh three-year term. We look for him to continue to help guide the district through difficult choices.
Approve Peninsula Library budget
Keeping costs down while maintaining services is on the minds of those who run the Peninsula Public Library.
Library Director Karen Porcella said that being prudent in lean economic times and ensuring that patrons have access to the materials and programs they want are her main goals.
PPL’s proposed budget is $3.06 million, which is only $61,190 larger than its current spending plan. That’s lean, considering that state-mandated costs jumped $63,685. Implemented cost-saving measures such as energy-efficient lights are paying dividends, allowing the library to boost the budget for materials by $10,245.
That practical financial management and effective decision-making are the reasons we endorse the budget, and urge voters to do the same on Tuesday.
Cedarhurst resident Samuel Francis is running unopposed for the five-year term of incumbent library Trustee Joel Shiff, who died on April 8.