Current Huntington School Board members Bill Dwyer and Michele Kustera will be running unopposed when Huntington School District residents go to the polls on Tuesday, May 17 in the Huntington High School lobby from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Huntington School Board members have unanimously adopted a budget to fund district operations in 2022/23 that features no increase in taxes while enhancing popular programs and providing several new initiatives.
Huntington School Board members have approved a capital reserve fund proposition and placed it on the May 17 ballot. If the proposal is approved by residents it will fund an estimated $6.640 million worth of projects. It will not result in any increase in taxes since the monies already exist in a reserve fund established to cover costs with renovation and reconstruction work.
Huntington School Board members shared their ideas of possible capital projects during a discussion at a public meeting this past Monday night in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School auditorium.
Huntington School District executives devote many months to developing a draft budget plan to fund operations during the following school year.
Budget managers typically submit their draft financial plans to the district’s business office by late November. The following months are spent refining projections for expected revenues and expenses. Staffing estimates are developed based on school and course enrollments. Principals and department leaders present their respective budgets to the central administration in January.
A working budget is presented to trustees in February. Once the draft budget is finalized, trustees review each line of the plan during a series of budget meetings. The public is welcome to attend these sessions and is given an opportunity to address trustees.
All of the superintendent’s budget presentations and a copy of the most recent draft budget are promptly posted on the district website along with the audio of every budget meeting.
The process culminates with the adoption of a proposed budget by the Huntington School Board in April followed by a public hearing. Residents vote on the proposed budget in May.
The approved school budget continues Huntington’s commitment to providing a top notch education for the young people of our community by maintaining our exceptionally strong academic program for approximately 4,300 students in grades K-12.
Highlights of the proposed budget include:
• Provides for academic enrichment and supports based on individual student needs.
• Continues the expansion of Huntington UFSD’s technological infrastructure and 1:1 computing device initiative.
• Includes monies to equip all district classrooms with ductless air conditioning/climate control units.
• Provides for capital funding to install a rooftop solar electric system at Jefferson Primary School, the third building to feature such a project.
• Funds a new video broadcasting program at the high school and a junior Virtual Enterprise program at J. Taylor Finley Middle School.
• Includes tools for the implementation of new computer science standards as well as revised standards in all core disciplines.
• Maintains the district’s K-5 dual language and its world language FLEX program.
• Broadens interdisciplinary STEM initiatives across the district, including a new Innovation Lab teacher at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School.
• Provides for a comprehensive special education program for students with disabilities and an assortment of support services for all students.
• Continues the SEARCH and Math Olympiad programs for fifth and sixth graders.
• Funds 70 interscholastic athletic teams and about 100 coaching positions.
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Eligibility: to vote an individual must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, a resident of Huntington School District for at least 30 days and be registered to vote in a general election or with the school district.
Applications for absentee ballots may be applied for at the District Clerk’s office at the district’s administrative offices located at 50 Tower Street, Huntington Station, at least seven days before the election if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter or up to the day before the election if the ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter. Absentee ballots must be returned by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 for them to be counted in the 2020 election and budget vote.