Residents in the Lawrence and Hewlett-Woodmere school districts passed their respective budgets for the 2019-20 school year.
Hewlett-Woodmere’s $123,318,721 budget passed by a vote of 1,847-1,139. It is a $3,533,659 increase from the current budget and the tax levy will increase by 2.95 percent, to $103.2 million.
Proposition two, which asked residents to allow the district to use $3 million from the Hewlett-Woodmere Long Range Capital Reserve Fund established in 2017, to complete a window replacement project at Hewlett High School passed by a vote of 2,008-950.
Four candidates battled for three spots on the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education. The results saw incumbents Daniella Simon and Mitchell Greebel get re-elected with 2,193 and 2,075 votes, respectively. Challenger Paul Critti was elected over fellow challenger Asaf Fligelman by a vote of 1,948-1,067.
Since they were the two top vote-getters, Simon and Greebel will serve full three-year terms while Critti will serve the balance of an expiring term beginning on May 21 and ending on June 30, 2020.
Lawrence Budget and BOE results
The $102.4 million Lawrence School District budget for the 2019-20 school year passed by a margin of 1,270-387.
Two incumbents for the Lawrence Board of Education received three-year terms as Dr. David Sussman and Michael Hatten ran unopposed and were re-elected with 1,583 and 1,554 votes, respectively. Incumbent Tova Plaut gained re-election over challenger Asher Matathias 1,503-238.
Propositions three, four and five, which will allow the district to use funds to make facility improvements around the district, all passed.
The proposed Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library budget of $6,567,446 passed with a vote of 2,053-886. It is a $137,425 increase from the current budget. The tax levy is set at $6,423,103.
Jonathan Simon was elected to become HWPL trustee over Asaf Fligelman and Cheryl Slansky with 1,210 votes. Slansky and Fligelman received 972 and 711 votes, respectively. Simon will succeed trustee David Adler, who opted to not run for re-election. His five-year term will begin on July 1.
Peninusla Public Library’s $3.05 million budget proposal passed by a vote of 1,371-301. In the contested race for PPL trustee, challenger Reva Oliner was elected over incumbent trustee Joseph Fuller by a total of 1,065-707.