Roslyn re-elects Ben-Levy to ed board, votes in new trustee Minsky

Roslyn re-elects Ben-Levy to ed board, votes in new trustee Minsky
The Roslyn School District is hosted an election on May 16 where district residents voted for two board of education candidates and the district's budget. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Roslyn Board of Education President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy and new candidate Leigh Minsky were voted onto the Roslyn Board of Education, alongside the school district’s budget and other propositions which were all passed, according to the school district.

The school district’s $127.5 million budget garnered 537 affirmative votes and 178 votes against the budget.

The Roslyn School District budget for 2023-2024 is established at $127,474,805, a 4.36% increase from the prior budget of $122,145,193.

The taxes levied in the district’s budget is $103,744,831. This is 2.57% greater than the prior budget’s tax levy of $101,148,674.

Superintendent Allison Brown said at an April 18 Board of Education meeting that the district’s enrollment is fluid, with 10 students enrolling since the board’s previous meeting on March 23. A district total enrollment number was not provided.

Based on the district’s enrollment for 2022-2023 of 3,294 students, the adopted budget for 2023-2024 would approximate $38,699 in spending per pupil.

Residents also voted to pass three additional propositions: the 2023-2024 budget for the Bryant Library, financing for new school buses and vans, and expenditures from two existing capital reserve funds established for the purpose of performing various projects.

The library’s budget of $5,109,169 with a 0% tax increase passed with 575 affirmative votes and 137 negative votes. The 2023-2024 budget is increasing by 0.31% compared to the 2022-2023 budget.

The financing for new school buses and vans passed with 533 votes and 179 against the proposition.

The expenditures from the two reserve funds for various projects passed with 536 votes and 172 voting negatively.

Voting occurred Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the north gym at Roslyn High School.

Ben-Levy, who has served on the board since July 1, 2005, was re-elected for her seventh term on the board. She garnered 535 votes running unopposed.

“I am running for re-election to continue to provide visionary, responsible, passionate leadership for our schools in collaboration with my board colleagues and our professional staff,” Ben-Levy previously told Blank Slate. “We have accomplished so very much together, yet there still remains so much to do.”

Minsky is a new addition to the board of education, taking the seat of former member Bruce Valauri who opted to not run for re-election. Minsky was elected to office with 538 votes also running unopposed.


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