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Briarcliff Manor BOE, Budget, Bond Votes Tuesday

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. — The Briarcliff Manor School District's 2012-13 budget, $10.5 million bond proposal and Board of Education votes are set for Tuesday.

Voting runs from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Todd Elementary School . The district is proposing a $47.65 million budget for the 2012-13 school year. The $10.5 million bond proposition includes installation of artificial turf fields, track, field and playground equipment, interior renovation work, roof reconstruction and/or replacement, technology improvements and dozens of other infrastructure improvements, according to the board’s resolution. The proposed bond is based off of work and analysis from the district’s Ad Hoc Facilities Committee.

With both board President Guy Rotondo and Trustee Eric Bashford not seeking re-election, newcomers Dina Brantman and Michael Haberman will vie for the two open spots on the Briarcliff Board of Education . Brantman and Haberman recently spoke at a Meet the Candidates night on several issues.

The budget has dropped consistently since the Great Recession, from a high of about $52.8 million in the 2008-09 school year, according to school records. With an expected loss of 33 students, per-pupil spending is set to increase from $29,766 in 2011-12 to $29,912 in 2012-13.

“One of the things that really stuck in my mind was to place education first, but to make sure education priorities balanced with fiscal responsibility,” Superintendent Neal Miller told the board previously . “I heard loudly and clearly from nearly everyone I’ve spoken to that people like what’s happening in Briarcliff and they don’t want it to change. That really hit home with me.”

School officials previously estimated that the tax levy increase could be at 2.94 percent, but the district is proposing a tax levy increase of 2.74 percent.

Information on voting requirements and absentee voting is available on the school district's website.

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