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Vote Yes for Free Money

May 17, 2008

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
To the editor:

FREE MONEY!!! Do I have your attention? I hope so!

Because that is what the Croton-Harmon school district will get if everyone shows up on Tuesday May 20th to vote YES to the bond that is part of the school budget vote.

The one year bond is to cover pre-approved building improvements (health and safety related) and will get paid back in the following school year by guaranteed state aid. Voting YES for this bond is supporting the use of FREE government money. Once the school completes these projects and submits supporting documentation, the state will REFUND Croton-Harmon the money (roughly $539k) and the bond will be paid off.

Despite the fact that there have been meetings, Reflections articles, and Gazette articles explaining this bond there are some in this community that still do not seem to understand the particulars of this bond. It would be a shame if out of [bad] habit our community turned down this opportunity.

Voting takes place 6am-9pm on Tuesday May 20th at the Croton Harmon High School.

Thank you,

Debra Schor

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Croton School District Bond Measures Fail to Pass

March 12, 2008

Yesterday, Tuesday, March 11, 2008, voters in the Croton-Harmon school district voted against both pending bond referendums put forward by the board of education that totaled $7 million in planned spending.

Bond Referendum 1—that included various education and safety considerations pegged at $4.6 million—failed by a margin of 513 to 449. Also rejected was Bond Referendum 2—for health and wellness improvements estimated at $2.4 million—which lost by a wider margin of 567 to 390.

Complete details about the proposed bond and information about the Croton-Harmon Unioin Free School District can be found on their website, at www.croton-harmonschooldistrict.org.

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Croton-Harmon School District Budget Workshop Set for Saturday

March 5, 2008

Why not wake up early Saturday morning, March 8, 2008, and get over to the Croton Harmon High School Community Room at 8:00 AM?

There you will find, by public invitation, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marjorie Castro, Director of Finance and Administration Diane Chaissan, Director of Staff and Pupil Personnel Services Kusum Sinha, the District’s building principals and other administrators, and the Board of Education, who during a day-long workshop will present the District’s 2008-09 budget.

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Croton Harmon School District Budget Passes

May 16, 2007

Voters in Croton-on-Hudson collectively passed the proposed 2007-08 school district budget—pegged at $39.7 million—with 701 to 493 votes. The adopted budget now makes way for for a tax increase of 6.9 percent for residents of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson and the Town of Cortlandt while residents of Yorktown will see a 16.5 percent increase.

Additionally, voters passed the $709,945 budget for the Croton Free Library with 801 to 377 votes. And, a proposition for purchasing two new school buses for $171,200 also passed with 705 to 463 votes.

Among the four candidates in the school board race, Beth Roth was re-elected with newcomer Teri Lukin, who was one of three write-in candidates. Incumbent Marshall Goldberg and Linda Conte were the other candidates seeking a seat on the board.

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I too am a Write-in Candidate for Upcoming School Board Election from Linda Conte

May 12, 2007

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
To Croton School District Residents:

In the absence of any announced candidates for one of the open positions on the Croton-Harmon School Board, I am writing to announce that I am a write-in candidate for that opening.

Now retired after more than thirty years in public education in Westchester, as a teacher, special education teacher, school social worker, clinical coordinator for a regional educational service and finally as a CPSE/CSE (Committee on Pre-School Special Education/Committee on Special Education) chairperson, I am dedicated to the idea that public education is our best investment for the future.

In addition, as a former Drug-Free Communities Grant coordinator, I am committed to finding ways to help communities work together to provide a safe, positive environment for our youth. As an almost life-long resident of Westchester and a Croton school district resident since 1963, I also hope that my experiences working as a mediator, board member, and adjunct professor will be an asset to the Croton-Harmon schools.

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Asking Residents for Their Support in School Board Election from Teri Lukin

May 11, 2007

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
To the Croton Community,

I am writing to ask you to support me as a write-in candidate in the upcoming School Board Member Election for the Croton-Harmon School District.

Having served the community in a variety of roles, I feel I can offer a fresh perspective that reflects the values of the parents and residents of the district. As President of Croton Little League from 2001 to 2006, I learned how a board with diverse perspectives can best work together to move forward on shared goals. During the seven years I served on the Little League Board, I often collaborated with Croton Village and School District officials and have developed a good understanding of both governing systems.

My family and I have been residents of Croton since 1987. I have two children, one in the Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School and one in Croton-Harmon High School. This year, I joined the board of CHEF—the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation—and also served on the CHHS Building Planning Council, as a PTSA representative. I am also serving on our district-wide Wellness Committee, creating an overarching Wellness Policy to guide students to healthy lifestyles through sound nutritional choices and physical fitness.

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My Desire for Write-In Votes in Upcoming School Board Election from Marshall Goldberg

May 9, 2007

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
Too often, many of us find our lives running a bit more quickly than we’d prefer; a situation in which I, rather recently, found myself.

Amid the clutter of employment responsibilities, the completion of two additional Master’s degrees (in education, this time), school board responsibilities, work on behalf of the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Assn., the Regional Educational Advocacy Districts (READ), Destination Imagination, and the remaining aspects of ordinary life, I found my current school board term expiring at a moment in which the careful, thoughtful consideration that this decision requires was, to put it mildly, elusive. With a mostly completed petition, and time run out, I left to attend the National School Boards Association convention, seeking to further my knowledge and perspective, network with others from throughout the nation, and bring back materials and notes for sharing with those Croton board members unable to attend.

My regret for not having decided the issue earlier was palpable, but my respect for the commitment and responsibilities associated with school board service was its equal. The role has become more complex through the years and, doing the job well, to the greatest benefit of students and taxpayers cannot be engaged idly. Instead, the challenge must be met with purpose, dedication and intellectual intensity.

Given the opportunity for such reflection, I’ve found that my passion for the Croton-Harmon school district, and public education, remains as intense as ever. My interest in innovation, improvement, and challenging the limitations imposed by others is unabated. The opportunity the convention afforded to learn from others, to assess new research, and to see our district from another vantage point, deeply reasserted those core beliefs.

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Croton Harmon School Budget Cuts to Cause Staff Layoffs

April 6, 2007

Crotonblog: Letters to the Editor, Croton-on-Hudson, New York 10520
The 2007 school budget is coming up. The school board and Dr. Castro have decided to lay off a number of support staff employees. They will also be asking for an increase in the budget. The big question to me is what exactly do they gain by this decrease in staff? They will not be adding anything to the district only taking away.

I, as a tax payer would rather pay a higher increase in the budget and not see services taken away from our children! Really how much more could it cost? It just doesn’t make sense to not gain something by changes that create a loss!

— Kevin Mulligan

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Croton Harmon Board of Education to Review 2007-08 Budget Saturday

March 9, 2007

Wake up early Saturday morning, March 10, 2007, and get over to the Croton Harmon High School library at 8:00 AM. There you will find, by public invitation, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marjorie Castro and the Board of Education, who during a day-long workshop, will present the 2007-08 budget.

According to the workshop schedule, the meeting will begin at 8:00 AM with a financial overview and review. At 9:00 AM, discussions regarding the high school will continue until 9:45 AM, where a presentation of proposed athletic expenditures will continue until 10:15 AM. Budget review for Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School will take place until 11:00 AM, followed by a presentation for Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School until 11:45 AM. Review of the transportation budget immediately begins after at 11:45 AM, at 12:15 PM, buildings and grounds will be discussed, and then followed at 1:00 PM with BOCES and special education talks. The last topic on the agenda for the workshop meeting begins at 1:30 PM and includes public discussion on possible modifications to the budget proposal.

According to Dr. Castro, with the proposed budget in place, residents can expect an increase of 7.8% to the school district’s property taxes in Cortlandt and Yorktown. Contributing to the increase are nearly 6% in expenses, “carry-over” from last year and a cut of $460,000 in state operating funding—that begins July 1, 2007.

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Croton Harmon School District Budget Passes

May 17, 2006

Yesterday voters in Croton-on-Hudson narrowly approved a 38 million dollar budget for the Croton-Harmon School District by a margin of 69 votes. Out of 1,127 ballots cast at Croton Harmon High School, the 9.4% tax hike passed 53% to 47%. Also up for vote was a bond referendum for the purchase of two school buses—which also passed with 610 “Yes” votes to 510 “No” votes. In the Board of Education race, Kathryn Brechner and Eugene Perl—who ran uncontested—retained their seats.

Additionally, the Croton Free Library budget was overwhelmingly approved by Croton residents with 694 “Yes” votes to 422 “No” votes.

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