A timeline for next spring’s budget vote and trustee election has been approved by Huntington School Board members. Residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The three-year terms of current trustees Christine Biernacki, Thomas DiGiacomo and Emily Rogan are expiring.
The Huntington School District’s long budget development process culminated on Tuesday with residents approving the 2017/18 financial plan and two capital reserve fund propositions. Trustees Jennifer Hebert and Xavier Palacios were re-elected after running unopposed for new three year terms.
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 proposed school budget continues Huntington’s 360 year commitment to providing a top notch education for the young people of our community by maintaining our exceptionally strong academic program for approximately 4,650 students in grades K-12.
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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 17 for them to be counted in the 2016 election and budget vote.