Ballot set for NHP-GCP school board, budget votes

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New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school board Vice President Tara Notine and Trustee James Reddan (Photos from nhp-gcp.org)

New Hyde Park-Garden City Park school district voters will cast ballots next week for two school board seats and three different budgets.

School board Vice President Tara Notine and Trustee James Reddan are unopposed on the May 16 ballot for re-election to their respective seats.

Reddan, a lifelong Garden City Park resident and a Town of Hempstead engineer, is seeking his first full three-year term following his appointment to the board in October 2014, replacing then-Trustee Patricia Rudd. He was elected in 2015 to serve the rest of that term.

Notine, of New Hyde Park, is seeking her second full term. She was elected to fill the seat vacated by then-Trustee Alan Cooper in 2013 and won her first full term in 2014.

In an interview last month, Reddan said his main priorities for his next term are helping Jennifer Morrison, the new incoming superintendent, transition into her job and to expand the use of technology in district classrooms.

“This world, that is all part of it, so the quicker you integrate children to the technology that they’ll be using on a daily basis, the better off they are,” Reddan said in the interview.

Reddan also wants to continue recent efforts to update the district’s security protocols, he has said.

Reddan has also served since last year one of the district representatives to the Sewanhaka Central High School District board, with Trustee David Del Santo.

Notine was named the board’s vice president last year, when the board also picked Jennifer Kerrane as its new president.

She has served as a class mother at the Manor Oaks School and in the Manor Oaks PTA.

Notine was not available for comment Monday or Tuesday, and could not be reached for an interview after filing her candidacy petition last month.

Joining Notine and Reddan on the ballot is a proposition to spend about $3 million from capital reserve funds to pay for repairs at all four of the district’s schools, including fixes to walls, floors and sidewalks.

District residents will also vote on the $38.2 million 2017-18 budget, which contains a 2.08 percent increase in property tax revenue; the Sewanhaka school district’s $193 million budget, which contains a 4.8 percent increase in property tax revenue; and the Hillside Public Library’s $3.06 million budget, which does not increase spending or property tax revenue.

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