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School balloting this Tuesday
Contested board races in Lawrence and Hewlett-Woodmere
Courtesy Kislik, Usherson and Greebel
Three candidates are contending for two Board of Education seats in Hewlett-Woodmere. From left are Harold Kislik, Fred Usherson and Mitchell Greebel.

Residents in the Lawrence and Hewlett school districts can vote on their respective budgets and for Board of Education candidates on Tuesday.

Lawrence is proposing a $93 million budget that has a tax levy increase of 3 percent. That includes $880,000 to supplement the district’s state mandated teacher retirement payment of $4.2 million. The tax levy — the amount needed to be raised by tax dollars — is just over $83 million.

Up to 19 employees, including a half dozen teachers, social workers, psychologists and eight facilities workers, will be laid off. “This is where we feel the pain,” said Superintendent Gary Schall. “The board has agreed to restore positions as needed and where feasible if there are any unanticipated revenues or savings through additional retirements.”

The budget maintains student programs such as Advanced Placement classes, high school electives, activities and clubs. District officials said that the educational focus is on science, technology and math. “What Gary and his staff are extremely good at is asking, ‘Do we really need it?’ and are able to find programs to move forward,” said Dr. Asher Mansdorf, president of the school board.

Lawrence school board

Three seats are up for election on the Lawrence Board of Education.

Incumbent Dr. Solomon Blisko is not running for re-election. Contending for his seat are Jesse Lunin-Pack, Tova Plaut and Dov Herman. Incumbent Rabbi Nahum Marcus is being challenged by Michael Hatten, and longtime Trustee Dr. David Sussman is running unopposed. Juan Zapeda is on the ballot, but isn’t running.

Also on the ballot are the budget for the Peninsula Public Library and one library trustee seat. The proposed spending plan is $3.056 million, an increase of $61,190 over the current budget.

Library Director Karen Porcella said that being prudent and maintaining programs are the goals. “We can’t, in these lean times, raise costs too much,” said Porcella, adding that money was added to the budget for eBooks and databases. The overall increase for materials is $10,245.


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