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May 19, 2017

‘Pops, Patriots and Fireworks’

Pound Ridge/Scotts Corners

  1. Scotts Corner Market,Trinity Corners Shopping Center, 55 Westchester Avenue

  2. Pound Ridge Sunoco, 66 Westchester Avenue    


Bedford Village

  1. Bedford Rexall Pharmacy, Hunting Ridge Mall; 424 Old Post Road  

  2. Village Green Deli, Village Green; Routes 22 and 172    

  3. Bedford Shell, Routes 22 and 172 (at blinking light); 848 So. Bedford Road

  4. Village Service Center, 193 Pound Ridge Road (at Long Ridge Road intersection)    


Bedford Hills

  1. Bedford Hills Deli, Babbitt Road    

  2. Bueti’s Deli, 526 Bedford Road (Route 117)

  3. Meme’s Treats, 17 Adams Street


Katonah

  1. Little Joe’s Books, 25 Katonah Avenue     

  2. CVS – Katonah Shopping Center, 294 Katonah Avenue   

  3. Katonah Sunoco, 105 Bedford Road

  4. The Reading Room, 19 Edgemont Road

  5. Weinstein’s Pharmacy, 101 Katonah Avenue

  6. DeCicco Family Markets, 132 Bedford Road

  7. Katonah Pharmacy, 202 Katonah Avenue


Mount Kisco

  1. Teamo/Mt. Kisco News, 239 Main Street    


Cross River

  1. Cross River Shell Station, Route 35    

  2. Cameron’s Deli. 890 Route 35

  3. Cross River Pharmacy, 20 North Salem Road

  4. DeCicco Family Markets, 1 Orchard Plaza


Goldens Bridge

• Cardware Store, 100 N. County Shopping Center

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Katonah-Lewisboro

Continuity on board, approval for budget

By JEFF MORRIS

It will be business as usual in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District for the coming school year, as voters on Tuesday re-elected two incumbent school board members while handily approving the proposed 2017-18 budget.

One of the board races, between trustee Bill Rifkin and challenger Ruth White, was decided by only 35 votes.

Official results show Proposition 1, the proposal to spend $106,809,945 during the coming year, passed by a vote of 1,165 to 434, a margin of 73 percent to 27 percent. The margin of approval was down slightly from last year, when the budget passed with a 75 percent majority.

Last year there were 1,198 votes cast in favor and 366 against, for a total of 1,564. The total number of votes cast Tuesday increased by 35, to 1,599.

This year’s budget was the first in four years to include an increase after three consecutive years of spending decreases. Superintendent Andrew Selesnick took pains during budget presentations over the past several months to note that few, if any, other districts in the region had been able to accomplish that feat. He, and members of the board, had emphasized that a nearly $1.3 million increase in health insurance costs were largely responsible for the budget’s growth, and that overall, the district has seen an average annual decrease of 0.62 percent over the four-year period.

Proposition 2, allowing the district to purchase nine 18-passenger replacement school vans, outpolled the budget, with 1,204 in favor and only 389 opposed. The measure authorized a transfer of $454,500 from the general fund to the capital fund for the van purchase, without any impact on the budget.

In the board races, incumbent trustees Scott Posner and William Rifkin were re-elected to their second three-year terms, defeating first-time candidate Ruth White. Unofficial results from Tuesday night show Ms. White nearly pulling off an upset, with Mr. Rifkin winning by just 35 votes, 811 to 776. Mr. Posner led all candidates with 1,122.

In the Katonah-Lewisboro board races, voters can cast ballots for two candidates; the winners are the two candidates who receive the most votes.

Commenting on Tuesday’s results, Mr. Selesnick said, “We are very appreciative of the community’s support. I’m hopeful that last night’s results indicate a high degree of trust in the daily efforts of our staff to provide an outstanding education for our community’s children. We will continue working to strengthen the educational experience while remaining fiscally responsible to the entire community.”

Mr. Selesnick continued, “I also want to express my appreciation for the ongoing commitment of our Board of Education trustees. I know that Scott Posner and Bill Rifkin will continue to be excellent contributors to our Board’s efforts. And I thank Ruth White for her willingness to serve our schools and our community.”

In a separate statement subsequently sent to the entire KLSD community, Mr. Selesnick added, “Please know that we will always consider our efforts a work in progress. As educators, we must believe in life-long learning and be willing to constantly revise and refine our work.”

Regarding the approved budget, he said, “Please know that we remain sensitive to the financial challenges of our times.” He also noted that the budget reflected the district’s committment to advancing its staff members’ professional development.

Returning trustee Scott Posner said, “I am grateful for the community’s support and am excited that Bill and I have the opportunity to continue to build on the board’s successes of the past three years. I also hope that Ruth remains engaged in district matters as the more smart people we have engaged in district matters, the better our chances for success as a district.”

Dr. Rifkin also commented on his victory.  “As was the case three years ago,” he said, “I am sincerely humbled by being entrusted with the duties of a Board of Education trustee.” He added, “I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue to work with all those who make our school district so special.” 

“In terms of the school budget,” continued Dr. Rifkin, “approval by over 70 percent of voters continues the trend of super-majority support by district residents. This is gratifying in that it appears the administration and Board of Education, in crafting the budget, continue to strike the right balance between unwavering support of top-notch education for our students, and fiscal stewardship of taxpayer dollars.” 

Ms. White provided a brief comment to The Record-Review: “I’d like to say that it was an honor to run,” she said, “and while I may not have won, receiving so much support from the community was a gratifying and an humbling experience.”
Board president Marjorie Schiff, commenting on the board’s behalf, said, “The Board of Education appreciates the community’s continued support for our schools and students. We are pleased that voters have approved our budgets by a wide margin in recent years and that with strong support from the community, we’ve been able to move the district forward.”

Ms. Schiff thanked Mr. Selesnick “for his leadership in developing a budget that maintains our community’s commitment to excellence in education while carefully weighing the need for fiscal responsibility.”  

While there will be no changes in board membership, in July at their annual organizational meeting the trustees will appoint a board president and vice president, and make committee assignments.


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