Lindenhurst school budget passes

May 17, 2012 by  

On Tuesday, May 15, Lindenhurst voters passed a $141.7 million dollar budget for the 2012-2013 school year. The budget also includes a 2.45% tax increase to pay for the continuation of school programs.

Richard Nathan, Superintendent for Linderhurst schools, said that he was relieved that the budget was passed, as he felt that he and the Board of Education did a good job of crafting it. Nathan said:

“We worked very hard on this budget, and it’s fiscally responsible while maintaining as much program as possible. We were able to maintain such programs as full-day kindergarten and a full sports program. We’ll be able to continue to be able to be the home of great schools.”

Board of Education members were also on the ballot and all three incumbents ran unopposed and were re-elected. Donna Hochman, the Vice President, will be going into her third consecutive three-year term. Trustees Mary Ellen Cunningham and Patricia Ames will be entering their second terms. Hochman was pleased with the passing of the budget as well, saying:

“It was a good compromise. It didn’t use many reserves, and [it] preserved a lot of program.”

The budget passed by a vote of 1,836 over 1,289. However, these voter numbers are down from what they were last year. While it is certain that printing businesses were hard at work creating promotional materials for the election and the candidates, perhaps for future votes they will be more heavily utilized, and services such as poster printing may be employed, in order to attract a higher voter turnout.