Residents of the Wainscott School District will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote on next year’s proposed school budget and to also fill an open seat on the three-member School Board.
The district is proposing a $3,458,857 budget for the 2013-14 school year. That’s a $45,603 decrease from this year’s budget of $3,504,460, or a 1.3-percent drop. Also, the district is decreasing the tax levy by 1.55 percent, keeping the district within a New York State-manded 2-percent tax cap, according to Mary McCaffery, the clerk and secretary of the district.
Wainscott farmer William A. Babinski Jr. is running for a seat currently held by School Board member Nancy McCaffery, who is retiring after having served on the board since 2004. Prior to that, she served as the district clerk for 40 years. Mr. Babinski is running unopposed.
Mr. Babinski said serving on the board will give him an opportunity to give back to the community. The 34-year-old was born and raised in Wainscott and attended the Wainscott School. He went on to study at the East Hampton School District, and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Delaware in 2001. He now owns the family farm on Beach Lane, where he grows a variety of vegetables on 50 acres of land.
“I’d like to help out the community,” Mr. Babinski said. “I think the school’s a great asset, and I’d like to keep it that way.”
Mr. Babinski lives on Beach Lane with his wife, Mary Jo, and their 15-month-old son, William.
Voters will be able to cast ballots at the Wainscott School next Tuesday between 2 and 8 p.m.