By Mark Gerlach
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Meet The Candidates
Eight candidates are vying for four open seats on the Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s Board of Education. Three seats carry three-year terms; one seat is for a one-year term.
Domenic Tebano is a retired teacher who’s spent 31 years in the district. Tebano coached fencing, soccer and boxing. He received his master’s degree from SUNY Binghamton majoring in Italian literature, and his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany majoring in political science and Italian. On the board of education Tebano hopes to “ensure all students achieve to their fullest potential.” His top priority is to “ensure all students are college, or career ready,” according to the district’s website.
Anthony Hood has spent 12 years in the district and is employed by Fuel Cell Energy. Hood has a master’s in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On the board of education he hopes to “drastically improve the graduation rate at NFA.” His top priorities are to “ensure that all schools are above state standards, so that no school is classified as in need of improvement” and “having all students offered the same opportunities.”
Susan Prokosch is a retired teacher with 68 years in the district. Prokosch has a bachelor’s from SUNY Oneonta and attended graduate school at SUNY New Paltz. She’s served on the following committees: Buildings and Grounds (chair), Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee (co-chair), Exceptional Learner Committee, NFA West Subcommittee, NFA Redesign Subcommittee, Talent Development Subcommittee and the Sacred Heart Church Parish Council. On the board of education Prokosch hopes to “ensure every student in (kindergarten to second grade) be given all the resources possible” in the district’s early literature initiative “that will result in all (students) entering third grade reading on grade level.” Her top priorities are: to support students and give them resources to be successful (e.g., teachers, staff, support teams) and “have short and long term plans for the district, educationally and financially.”
Darren Stridiron has spent 15 years in the district and is self-employed. Stridiron’s company is Heritage Land Surveying. He has an associate of applied science degree in forestry from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, and has served on the following committees: Curriculum Committee (chair), Policy Committee (chair), Library Committee, Buildings and Grounds, Medicaid Compliance Committee (chair), Early Literacy Committee, Talent Development Subcommittee, Honors Subcommittee, IB Subcommittee, Horizons on Hudson Compact Committee and the Horizon on Hudson Parent-Teacher Association. On the board of education he hopes to expand NFA’s nursing program and ensure “all students are nurtured to expand and develop their talents.” His top priorities are early literacy, parent involvement, accountability and school safety.
Mark Levinstein has 25 years in the district. Levinstein is employed by North Point Carpet Supplies, and has an associate degree from Orange County Community College. He’s served on the following committees: Finance, Personnel, Curriculum, Buildings and Grounds, Library and Compact committees at Temple Beth Jacob and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County (trustee). On the board Levinstein hopes to “help create better outcomes and opportunities for the children of the Newburgh School District.” His top priorities are to ensure a safe and secure environment for children in the district, so educators can provide “the best education possible” and to make sure students graduate, are college or career ready and “civic-minded young adults.”
Andrew Johnston has spent 42 years in the district. Johnston is an IT manager at Columbia University. He graduated NFA in 1984, and Harvard College in 1988. Johnston has served on the following committees: Finance, Buildings and Grounds, Personnel, Save, Curriculum, Policy and Library. On the board he hopes to “promote improvement in the academic achievement of all students.” His top priorities are: student achievement, fiscal stability and effective communication.
Sylvia Santiago has spent 13.5 years in the district. She’s employed by HyperPointe and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John’s University. Santiago has served on the following committees: N.E.A.T., Central Compact, NFA Compact, Heritage Compact, Heritage PTO, New Windsor Compact, New Windsor Boy Scout Troop No. 4028, New Windsor Girl Scout Service Unit No. 218, New Windsor Softball League and Friends of Newburgh Crew. On the board Santiago hopes to promote “educational fairness for all.” Her top priorities are: improving district/building communications, ensure policies help students succeed, fiscal responsibility, ensuring buildings/district are welcoming and empowering students to think of the future.
Lissandra Deliz has spent nine years in the district. Deliz is a New York City Department of Education/New York State certified level three teacher assistant/behavioral management special education. She currently transferred to SUNY Orange to finish a degree in education and human services. On the board Deliz hopes to “foster an equitable educational system for all students, with a special focus on (the) traditionally underserved population (of) English language learners and special education. Her top priorities include: equitable education for all students, supporting staff to professionally grow to serve students better and responsible fiscal management.
NECSD Budget (Proposition 1)
The Newburgh Enlarged City School District budget weights in at approximately $264,314,605. The budget increased about 2.88 percent, or $7,398,336, from last year.
The tax levy is set at $110,792,248, an increase of 0.15 percent, or $165,853, from the 2015-2016 budget.
About $143,471,969 of the budget comes in the way of state aid, followed by $6,050,388 of “miscellaneous revenue” from local sources and $4 million in an appropriated fund balance.
Library Budget (Proposition 2)
Proposition 2 on the ballot is Newburgh Free Library’s budget. The tax levy to support the library is $5,002,500, which will be used to enable the library to provide its free services from the time period of July 1, 2016 until June 30, 2017. The library’s proposed 2016-2017 budget is $5,548,752. About $500,000 is made up of grants, state aid, fees, fines and money from its fund balance.
About $2,697,752 will be used for staffing, followed by $1,407,947 in health and retirement benefits, $652,337 in insurance/utilities contracts, $570,549 in materials (e.g., print and e-books, DVDs/CDs/magazines, computer software and online scholarly journals) and $220,500 in equipment (e.g., computers, audio and visual equipment, etc.).
City of Newburgh
First Ward – Horizons on the Hudson gym
Second Ward – South Middle Schools lower lobby
Third and Fourth wards – NFA Main Campus north cafeteria
Town of Newburgh
Districts 1,2,14,15 – Balmville School gym
Districts 13,16,17,18,24,25 – Fostertown School cafetorium
Districts 3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,12,19,20,22,23,27 – Meadow Hill School primary gym
Town of New Windsor
Districts 1,2,3,4,6 – New Windsor School gym
Districts 7,8,9,10,11,12,17 – Vails Gate School gym
Districts 13,14,15,18,19,22 – Temple Hill School primary gym