By 5TJT Staff

Just as the school year winds down and our students anticipate summer, it is time for the community to come out and show its support for the Lawrence School Board and its desire for change within the Hewlett Woodmere School Board.

The Lawrence school board has a long track record of success and three trustees are running unopposed. It is still crucial for residents to come out and vote and show their support for Michael Hatten, Tova Plaut, and Dr. David Sussman so they can continue to have an impact on our school system.

It would also be in the community’s best interest to vote yes on the budget. As Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ann Pedersen explains on Lawrence.org, “In crafting annual budgets, we focus on two primary objectives—we care for our students and we care for our taxpayers. We care for our students by supporting and sustaining award-winning programs, initiatives, technology assets, teachers, and our state-of-the-art facilities. And we demonstrate care for our taxpayers by presenting annual budgets that feature no increase to the tax levy. The proposed 2022-2023 budget represents the second consecutive year there will be no increase in the tax levy. That is due to the hard work of our Lawrence team and the vigilant support of our parents and community.”

Proposition #2 is for the Peninsula Public Library budget. Proposition 3 is for the establishment of a capital reserve fund, to be known as the 2022 Capital Reserve Fund, in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000. The funds would be used for financing reconstruction, renovations, and equipment additions at all Lawrence School District buildings with no tax impact on Lawrence School district taxpayers.

Proposition #4 has two parts. The first part, similar to Proposition #3, is for the establishment of a capital reserve fund, to be referred to as the 2023 Capital Reserve Fund, in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000. Again, these funds would be used for financing reconstruction, renovations, and equipment additions at all Lawrence School District buildings without a tax impact on residents. The second part of Proposition #4 is to authorize the District to purchase property for the purpose of enlarging the Early Childhood Center (School No.4) grounds and parking area in the amount of $825,000, the funds of which would come from the District’s unappropriated, unassigned fund balance in the general fund, thereby having no tax impact on Lawrence School District residents.

Voting takes place May 17, 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., at the Number Two School, 1 Donahue Ave., Inwood; Lawrence Middle School, 195 Broadway, Lawrence; Lawrence High School, 2 Reilly Road, Cedarhurst; and Atlantic Beach Village hall, 65 The Plaza, Atlantic Beach.

In District 14, the community has rallied around two candidates who can effect change—Chani Jeter and Jack Shafran. They are well rounded candidates who can benefit the school system while keeping an eye towards fiscal responsibility towards the community at large. There is also a budget vote. Voting takes place at the Woodmere Education Center, One Johnson Place, 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. 

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