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11/01/16 6:00am

Fifty years ago, Jeffrey Smith graduated from Mattituck High School. And in the nearly two decades that followed, he served his community as a member of the district’s Board of Education.

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07/10/2015 6:00 AM
From left, Doug Cooper, Jeff Smith, Laura Jens-Smith and Jerry Diffley. Ms. Jens-Smith was elected president at Thursday's Mattituck school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

From left, Doug Cooper, Jeff Smith, Laura Jens-Smith and Jerry Diffley. Ms. Jens-Smith was elected president at Thursday’s Mattituck school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck school board has elected Laura Jens-Smith as its new president and long-time president Jerry Diffley is leaving after serving on the board for 16 years.

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04/16/2015 10:21 PM

The Mattituck school board has adopted a $40.2 million budget carrying a 1.73 percent increase to next year’s tax levy.

Under the state-mandated tax cap, the district could have presented a budget carrying a 2.4 percent increase in the tax levy without needing 60 percent voter approval.

Superintendent Anne Smith said the proposed 2015-16 budget reflects a $159,000 spending increase to maintain current programs and cover a technology infrastructure improvement project, among other expenses.

Due to an estimated decrease in pension costs, coupled with an increase in state aid, Dr. Smith said the district plans to complete long-awaited projects like fixing the roof at Laurel Annex.

The school board unanimously adopted the budget without discussion at Thursday’s meeting. School board president Jerry Diffley and trustee Jeff Smith were absent.

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03/23/2015 8:00 AM
Mattituck-Cutchogue School District tk, left, and school board trustee Bill Gatz at Thursday's meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Mattituck-Cutchogue School District Michael Engelhardt, left, and school board trustee Bill Gatz at Thursday’s meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck-Cutchogue School District has found itself in an uncommon situation when it comes to preparing its spending plan for next year. Last May, voters approved a $39.6 million budget for the 2014-15 school year. In September, however, that budget was increased to $40,124,885 — without any impact on taxpayers.

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02/13/2015 8:00 AM
Miguel Borrayo, right, with his teammates at Thursday night school board meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Miguel Borrayo, right, with his teammates. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Many people dried their eyes and asked for tissues at the Mattituck school board meeting Thursday night as the seventh grade boys basketball team explained why a game they didn’t even win last month is an experience they’ll never forget.

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