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. This is a $3,533,659 increase from the current budget. The district’s and the tax levy will increase by 2.95 percent, to $103.2 million.
Four candidates battled for three spots on the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education. Incumbents Daniella Simon and Mitchell Greebel were 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.
Simon and Greebel will serve full three-year terms. Critti will serve the balance of an expiring term beginning on May 21, 2019 and ending on June 30, 2020.
The $102.4 million Lawrence School District budget for the 2019-20 school year passed with 1,270 for and 387 against.
Lawrence Board of Education incumbents 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 school 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 beat out Asaf Fligelman and Cheryl Slansky for HWPL trustee with 1,210 votes. Simon, whose five-year term will begin July 1, succeeds trustee David Adler, who opted to not run for re-election.
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.
Fuller offered this statement:
“Congratulations to Reva Oliner on her election as a trustee for the Peninsula Public Library. I am confident that Reva and the other trustees and our wonderful library director, assistant director, and staff, will continue the efforts to provide a warm and welcoming library that will adequately serve our community.
“It has been my privilege to serve as Trustee for many years and to have worked with many different trustees and administrators in an environment that was always focused on the needs of the library and its patrons.
“Peninsula Public Library is a jewel of our community. I am confident that the reconstituted board will continue its efforts to provide enlarged facilities to support our growing needs.”