Heather McCallion Unopposed In Southampton

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Southampton Board of Education President Heather McCallion is running unopposed for her second five-year term on the board.

Ms. McCallion is a Southampton Village resident and former investment banker with two children in the district, junior Kit Ramgopal and freshman Coco Ramgopal.

In her second term on the seven-member board, Ms. McCallion said this week she is hoping to continue focusing on student achievements and continuously raising the bar for students through programs, curriculum and activities.

“I feel that there is a lot of work still undone, and I think we have a good momentum going with the new district superintendent, Dr. Scott Farina,” she said. “I would like to keep working on some of the things that we have started.”

Over the past five years, Ms. McCallion said the greatest accomplishments working with the board include bringing the dual language program into the high school, having the elementary school designated as an International Spanish Academy, increasing the district’s focus on college and career readiness, and hiring the new superintendent.

Ms. McCallion also said she is very proud of how the district has handled the difficult process of creating a budget, saying that all New York districts are in the same troubling situation moving forward. She also cited the success the district had this year in creating a budget from zero, instead of a rollover budget.

Taxpayers will vote on the proposed $62.2 million budget at the annual budget vote on Tuesday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the intermediate school music room on Leland Lane. The proposed budget represents a 0.57-percent increase over the current year’s spending plan, and the $50.2 million levy, which represents a 1.03-percent increase over the current year, does not pierce the state cap.

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