Roslyn residents head to polls for May 16 school elections

Roslyn residents head to polls for May 16 school elections
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 residents will be casting their votes Tuesday in the Roslyn Union Free School District election.

Voting will take place May 16 from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the north gym at Roslyn High School. The district asks voters to enter the campus via Harbor Hill Road.

To be eligible to vote, individuals must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years of age or older, a resident of the Roslyn Union Free School District for at least 30 days before the vote and be a registered voter.

Eligible residents will be voting on a proposition to adopt the district’s 2023-2024 budget and for two members on the district’s board of education.

The Roslyn School District adopted a budget of about $127.5 million and a 2.57% tax levy increase for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

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 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.

Roslyn Board of Education President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy is seeking re-election with new candidate Leigh Minsky, both unopposed in the school’s May 16 election.

Trustee Bruce Valauri is not running for re-election after serving on the board for 13 years. Minsky will be running for his seat.

School board member responsibilities include developing the school’s budget, creating strategic partnerships with community stakeholders, hiring and evaluating the superintendent, setting the direction of the school district and supporting a healthy school district culture, according to the New York State School Boards Association.

Ben-Levy, who has served on the board since July 1, 2005, is seeking her seventh term.

“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 said. “We have accomplished so very much together, yet there still remains so much to do.”

Valauri joined the board July 1, 2010. He said he thinks it is now time for someone else to come in and provide another perspective for the board.

Since he has been on the board for 13 years, he said it is very difficult to leave.

“I knew going into it it was going to be challenging, but also a wonderful experience both personally and professionally,” Valauri said. “It’s actually amounted to be much more than I could possibly imagine.”

Additional propositions Roslyn School District residents will be voting on are 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.

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