East Rockaway school budget passes


Community members in East Rockaway voted on their school district’s proposed budget Tuesday evening.

With a total of 382 yes votes and 152 no votes, the East Rockaway School District’s budget passed. Proposition number 2, capital reserve funds for technology, and proposition 3, energy efficiency measures, also passed. Maureen Doyle was elected as trustee to fill a pre-existing term from May 21 to June 30, 2025. Joseph Lores was also voted into the board as trustee and he will serve for three years, starting at the end of June.

The East Rockaway spending plan, which was adopted on April 16, is $1,309,807 — 2.98 percent — larger than the 2023 to 2024 budget, and would stay below the state’s tax cap with a 1.98 percent tax levy increase. The proposed 2024 to 2025 budget maintains all current levels of instructional programs, extracurricular activities, and professional development in addition to supporting the new proposed programs.