Manhasset ed board trustees running unopposed

Manhasset ed board trustees running unopposed
Manhasset Board of Education Trustee Carlo Prinzo is seeking re-election for his sixth term. (Photo by Amelia Camurati)

Two Manhasset Board of Education trustees will again run unopposed to keep their seats.

Trustees Ann Marie Curd and Carlo Prinzo said they have run unopposed in all elections in the six years and 12 years, respectively, each has served.

“Overall, I think the board has the trust of the community,” Prinzo said. “This is my fifth election unopposed.”

Curd, alongside Trustee Pat Aitken, serves on the board’s policy committee and has been working her way through the pages of school district policies this school year — some for the first time in decades.

“We’ve done a lot of [reviews], and some haven’t been revised since the ‘90s,” Curd said. “Policy is one of the most important things we do, and it’s really important because it’s the law of the school. You want to be sure they’re updated and current, especially with changing technology and things.”

Manhasset residents can vote from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 15 in the Manhasset High School gymnasium.

Also on the ballot will be the district’s proposed 2018 Capital Reserve Fund, which Deputy Superintendent Rosemary Johnson said is a vote to place up to $10 million in surplus monies in a special account for capital projects over 10 years.

Any spending of the $10 million, however, would require another public vote for approval.

“This is just creating the vehicle,” Johnson said.

The 2010 Capital Reserve Fund, Johnson said, is nearly fully funded, with $1.5 million of the possible $10 million left to reserve.

Trustees also unanimously approved a $96,369,935 budget, a 2.64 percent increase over the current budget, with a rise of 2.99 percent in the tax lexy — the highest allowable by the state.

The budget includes in increase in funding for the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse from $35,000 to $45,000.

Superintendent Vincent Butera said the district was also considering shifting money around this summer to include vestibules at the entrance of every school — a set of double doors, possibly glass, that would be the primary entrance during the day and could lock an unwanted intruder inside.

The district administration building behind the Manhasset Secondary School currently has vestibule doors that require visitors to be buzzed in at each door.

Butera said the doors could cost anywhere from $30,000 to $120,000 depending on sizes and materials, and would be discussed further at the May 3 meeting.

In other business, trustees unanimously appointed two new principals. Chad Altman of Glen Head will lead Munsey Park Elementary School and Richard Roder of East Rockaway will lead Shelter Rock Elementary School, both for a four-year probationary period, as of July 1.

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