05/08/14 10:00am
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Twenty-seven elected school board members represent residents of the five local districts.

They are charged with setting student performance standards, ratifying costly collective bargaining agreements and hiring well-paid superintendents.

The budgets they adopt make up about two-thirds of your overall tax bill.

Even though school board members are unpaid, they hold prestigious positions within their communities. Yet it appears few residents want that responsibility anymore.

Among school board members currently in office townwide, only seven were elected in contested races. Four times in the past three years, local school boards had more open seats than candidates on the ballot. This year, there are no races.

Why is this happening?

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04/23/14 9:00pm
04/23/2014 9:00 PM
Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg, right, and school board president Paulette Ofrias at a school board meeting earlier this year. The state released Wednesday an audit of the district's finances.

Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg, right, and school board president Paulette Ofrias at a budget meeting last year. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Southold school board adopted Superintendent David Gamberg’s proposed $28.8 million budget on Wednesday night.

The proposal is under the state-mandated allowable tax levy rate of 1.83 percent, or $756,660, which represents the increased amount the school can collect from property taxes with a simple majority vote.

Scroll down for more details and to view a copy of the spending plan. Check back to suffolktimes.com as your source for complete budget and school board election coverage.

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04/16/14 10:00am
04/16/2014 10:00 AM
New Suffolk Common School board president Tony Dill presenting his preliminary spending plan during Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled board meeting. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

New Suffolk school board president Tony Dill presenting his preliminary spending plan during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

New Suffolk school board president Tony Dill presented his preliminary 2014-15 spending plan Tuesday night, which carries an estimated 1.7 percent, or $13,000, increase to the tax levy.

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04/10/2014 9:47 PM
Mattituck-Cutchogue School District assistant superintendent Anne Smith, center, at Thursday's budget adoption. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Mattituck-Cutchogue School District assistant superintendent Anne Smith, center, at Thursday’s budget adoption meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Mattituck-Cutchogue school board adopted Superintendent James McKenna’s proposed $39.67 million spending plan Thursday night, which carries an estimated 1.8 percent increase to next year’s tax levy.

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04/07/14 9:02pm
04/07/2014 9:02 PM
Mayor David Nyce (center) spoke about his proposed 2014-15 budget Monday.

Greenport Village Mayor David Nyce (center) discussing his proposed spending plan Monday night at the Little Red Schoolhouse. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Savings recently created from combining administrative positions and new retirements are expected to allow Greenport Village to hire a code enforcer and paralegal next fiscal year, Mayor David Nyce said Monday.

During a public hearing to discuss the 2014-15 preliminary spending plan at the Little Red Schoolhouse, Mr. Nyce said some of the responsibilities of the proposed code enforcer would include monitoring snow and brush removal. (more…)

04/01/14 8:00am
04/01/2014 8:00 AM

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North Fork school districts will be getting more money back from Albany next year, after state leaders passed a 2014-2015 budget Tuesday that will grant more than $265,000 than previously suggested by Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this year.

In total, local schools are expected to receive a collective $6.1 million in state aid in the coming year — some of which will now help districts stay under a state-mandated tax levy cap and close budget gaps.

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