Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 21 May 2009 14:26
Ms. Fisher was re-elected with 2,689 votes, while Caltabiano came in second with 2,581. Challenger Gary T. Bennett, who narrowly missed out on a BOE seat in the last election, had another good run, scoring 2,353 votes. Carl Hoops was the choice of 1,932 voters.
The $171,715,173 school budget passed by 3,301 to 2,104 margin. The library budget was approved by a similar 3,415 to 1,877 total. The budget-to-budget increase from this year to last year’s school budget was 3.21 percent. District officials claim this represents the lowest budget-to-budget increase in 10 years. On the revenue side, the estimated tax levy increase of the budget was 3.75 percent. State aid will increase by 2.82 percent, but local revenue is estimated to drop by a significant 9.89 percent.
In her re-election campaign, Ms. Fisher stated her support for consolidating budget costs as long as it did not have a “negative impact on the education of students in our district.” She also supported the proposed budget and the idea that Massapequa students “must be provided with challenging course work that will prepare them for the future.”
Thomas Caltabiano also supported the 2009-2010 budget, claiming that it provided the “necessary programs to our students and [contains] the lowest increase in 10 years.” His re-election bid was based, in part, on the claim that various programs in the school district “provide our students with challenging courses that will allow them to succeed in college level work,” adding that “all our programs are reviewed and updated to ensure they meet or exceed state requirements and aligned to meet the needs of our students.”