Roslyn elects new school board trustee, approves $109M budget

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Roslyn resident Michael Levine, far right, was elected Tuesday night to replace outgoing Trustee Adam Haber, second from left. Trustees David Seinfeld, far left, and David Dubner, not pictured, were also re-elected. (Photo courtesy of Roslyn school district)

A new face was officially added to the Roslyn Board of Education Tuesday night to replace outgoing Trustee Adam Haber, who said he was retiring from his position to allow more parents with school-age children to serve.

Roslyn attorney Michael Levine is seeking to fill the Roslyn Board of Education seat currently filled by Adam Haber, who has opted not to seek re-election. (Photo courtesy of Michael Levine)

Roslyn resident and attorney Michael Levine was elected with 531 votes alongside Trustees David Duber, who received 520 votes, and David Seinfeld, who received 503 votes.

All three races were uncontested, and approximately 12,000 voters are registered in the school district.

We are fortunate to reside in such a strong district with a great administration,” Levine, who has two students in the school district, said. “I really appreciate the advances in curriculum and overall improvements to the district made in recent years. I am truly excited to have the opportunity to work with this Board of Education to further enhance the Roslyn schools and maintain only the highest standards for the education of our children.”

Dubner, who was appointed to the Board of Education in 2013 following the resignation of Dani Kline and was elected to fill the remainder of her term, also has three children in the Roslyn schools and currently works as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

Seinfeld was elected in 2006 and said he wants to continue serving because his perspective as a 36-year veteran in education serves as a good balance to those with backgrounds in business or law.

The Roslyn school district’s $109,959,967 budget was approved with 515 votes in favor and 137 votes against. The budget included a 2.59 percent, or $2.8 million, increase over the current budget and a 1.72 percent tax levy increase.

Residents also approved the Bryant Library’s $5,101,979 budget, which included a 1.16 percent increase over the current budget.

The largest change in the library’s budget compared with this year’s budget was an increase in capital project spending, up from $84,000 to $163,445. Director Victor Caputo said the increase was to continue renovating library bathrooms, including a men’s and women’s restroom on the third floor as well as an ADA-compliant restroom on the main floor as well as the staff bathroom on the main floor.

This year, two other bathrooms on the main floor were renovated.

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