With the district’s budget vote and Board of Education election on Tuesday, May 21, this coming week will be busy at Lewiston-Porter.
Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Community Resource Center. The district’s $48.487 million budget and capital project will both be presented to the community for approval. Voters will also vote for three announced candidates – Jodee Riordan, Betty VanDenBosch Warrick and Anne H. Orr – who are seeking election for the three open BOE seats.
Under the $48.487 million plan the proposed increase to the tax levy will be 1.99%, below the tax cap threshold of 2.49%. This translates into a $349,235 savings for taxpayers.
Lewiston-Porter meets the requirements of the state’s Property Tax Freeze Credit and taxpayers will receive a refund from NYS in November. The refund equals the increase to the homeowner’s school taxes.
Due to variations in the equalization rates for the towns of Lewiston and Porter, taxes in the Town of Lewiston will increase by 55 cents per $1,000 and taxes in the Town of Porter will decrease by 63 cents per $1,000.
The budget maintains all current programs and advances STEM education, foreign language education and literacy programs along with full implementation of one-to-one technology. It provides full support for the needs of exceptional students grades K-5 by expanding the elementary enrichment program to the Intermediate Education Center and supports and expands character development education by taking the Leader in Me program in grades K-12. The budget supports professional development and maintains current class sizes and existing pre-K, art, international and co-curricular programs and athletics. It also keeps Lew-Port’s fitness facilities open and affordable to community and returns the full Community Education program to district residents.
For more on this year’s budget and candidate profiles, consult The Link newsletter (mailed to residences) or online at www.lew-port.com. A link to the Meet the Candidates forum, held earlier this month, is also posted on the district webpage.
•Kindergarten orientation for current UPK students will be from 9:30-11 a.m. at the Primary Education Center.
•The IEC will host a Science Fair from 6-7 p.m.; the sixth grade spelling bee and Girls on the Run basket auction will take place at 6 p.m. in the Middle School gym.
•The Lancer Council Brickyard chicken dinner will be served from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Community Resource Center. Dinners include one-half smoked chicken, mac and cheese and corn bread. Cost is $12; pre-sale tickets are available. All proceeds go to support the post-prom party and Lew-Port Class of 2021.
•The Middle School musical, “Rock of Ages,” continues with performances at 2:30 and 7 p.m. today, Saturday, May 18, on the Lewiston-Porter High School Center for the Arts stage.
“Rock of Ages” is the story of a small town girl, living in a lonely world who took a midnight train going anywhere, landing on the Sunset Strip in ’80s Los Angeles. The jukebox musical is built around classic rock songs from the 1980s, featuring a talented cast belting out hit songs by Styx, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Europe, Night Ranger and Journey.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. There will be a basket raffle and bake sale at each show, with proceeds benefitting the musical theater program at Lewiston-Porter.
•Kindergarten orientation for newly registered students takes place this week from 9:30-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. in the PEC.
•The Lew-Port Fine Arts Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 22 in the CRC boardroom.
•The Lew-Port senior class will travel to Cedar Point, Ohio from May 22-23.