HHH: Voters Asked to OK Fund to Repair School Roofs, Approve Budget

Half Hollow Hills school district voters will be asked to approve the budget, choose two school board members and approve a capital reserve fund for roof repairs, in the May 17 election.

Anne Marie Marrone Caliendo, assistant superintendent for finances and facilities, said roof projects would  be covered by  “surplus funds moved into the capital reserve fund, but there will be no tax increase because it takes money unspent in the budget at the end of the year.

“It’s a savings account,” she said, ‘It’s saving residents  money and avoiding large-scale funding. It really is the most responsible way to manage public funds.”

The fund can set aside up to $40 million and will expire in 20 years.

She said that while no specific work is scheduled yet, the most likely first building roof in line for repair Half Hollow Hills East High School, the largest school in the district. Work, she said, would happen only during summers and East would most likely require work to be spread over two summers.

The proposed budget includes a 1.98 percent property increase, for a total budget of $280,169,185.

Voting is scheduled  at the High School East Gymnasium, 50 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Four candidates are seeking two seats on the Board of Education: Incumbents David Kaston, who is board president, and Eric Geringswald, and challengers Maria T. Gillespie and Justin R. Marino.



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