Shoreham- Wading River board to set tax levy tonight

The Shoreham-Wading River school board is expected to vote at tonight’s meeting on a resolution to set the tax levy for this school year at about $47.5 million.

This school year’s tax levy, the amount of cash the district collects from taxpayers, is about 2 percent higher than last school year’s levy.

About $34.5 million will be raised from Town of Brookhaven taxpayers and $13 million will be derived from taxpayers in Riverhead. The district was originally supposed to set a levy by Oct. 28, but Brookhaven and Riverhead towns extended the deadline to Nov. 2 since Brookhaven didn’t set its equalization rate,  a number needed to determine the levy, until this past week, board president Bill McGrath said.

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Board members will also vote tonight on a resolution to pay four orchestra pit musicians a total of $2,160 for the district’s production of “Beauty and the Beast,” set to take place this school year. Each musician would receive $540 for six rehearsals or performances lasting up to three hours each.

The board is expected tonight to approve a resolution to pay Andrew Herman no more than $500 to provide information on Nov. 30 to student athletes who wish to pursue athletics in college. The resolution was tabled at the last board meeting, on Oct. 18, due to a possible scheduling conflict.

The board will also vote to accept a donation of an iPad, valued at $499, from the Wind family. According to the agenda, the iPad would be used in a specific classroom as a teaching tool. The board may also accept a $1,300 donation from the Wading River Elementary School 5th Grade Committee to be spent on a field trip. A $5,100 donation could come, if approved by the board, from the High School Drama Club to purchase sound equipment. The money would go into the high school’s general fund and the equipment is intended for use by the drama club.

SWR School Board Agenda, Nov. 1