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School’s BOE Candidates Speak

Nyack Public Schools will hold an election on May 18 to approve their 2010-11 budget and fill two seats on the Board of Education. Each of the candidates has either provided information on their candidacy or a link to their campaign Website:

Michael Mark has served on the board for twelve years and is seeking his fourth term. The other open seat belongs to School Board President Amy Applebaum who is retiring to pursue a graduate degree in special education at Teachers College. This is Jen Marraccino’s second run for the board after first her first attempt two years ago.

In addition to selecting two board members, the public will vote on the schools’ $70.75 million 2010-11 proposed budget.  The 1.9 percent tax increase on the largest part of homeowners’ tax bill compares favorably to the 8.56 percent hike Village of Nyack tax increase.  “We thank our teachers for their collaborative spirit by agreeing to a base salary freeze for the 2009-10 school year,” writes Schools’ Superintendent Valencia Douglas on the District’s website. Nyack Schools’ host a budget presentation information session on May 4. More information on the budget is available on the schools’ Website.

If you aren’t registered to vote in the May 18 school election, you can register in person until until Wed. May 12 at the Nyack School District Office (Hilltop Bldg behind Nyack Middle School.) between 8a and 4p. You can also register through the Board of Elections (638-5172) in New City. Where you vote for the schools may differ from where you’ve voted for village, town or national elections, so check the voting location list on the schools’ Website.

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See also: School Voter Registration Deadlines, BOE Candidate’s Forum

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