BBP district heading to the polls

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BBP district heading to the polls

Story By: LIZ FINNEGAN
5/10/2018


BAYPORT-BLUE POINT—On May 15, residents of the two hamlets will head to the polls for the annual Super Tuesday election that will determine the budget for the 2018-2019 school year. 

The BBP proposed budget is $71,761,393, which is up by 2.02 percent over last year, but within the district’s allowable limit. The proposed lax levy increase is 2.46 percent.

In the district’s budget newsletter, superintendent Dr. Timothy Hearney noted, “Over the past several years our district has placed a great focus on supporting initiatives that enhance the overall learning experience for our students while also ensuring sustainability and fiscal accountability.

The plan before voters is one that includes enhancements to all aspects of our curriculum—from health education to math, science and English language arts—as well as provides for added student supports beyond the classroom. Developed through sound planning, this budget is one that will enable the district to continue the level of educational excellence our community expects.”

In addition to the budget, there are two three-year term seats open on the board of trustees with three candidates running. Candidate William Holl is running unopposed for the seat currently occupied by Gina Murphy, who decided to end her tenure. Incumbent Christopher Richardt’s term is ending as well and he is not seeking reelection. John Kroog and Matthew Seery are vying to win his seat.

The polls will be open in the BBP High School gymnasium from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This newspaper made several unsuccessful attempts to contact candidate Matthew Seery for an interview and a photo.

 


William Holl

The candidate has been a Bayport resident for the past eight years. Holl said the great school district was one of the reasons he and his wife decided to move to the hamlet.

“We also like the small-town feel [of the community],” Holl added.

A former physics teacher, Holl is now an assistant principal in the Sachem School District. He said he would like to use his knowledge as an educator to help out the kids in BBP.

“I feel this is a calling, a way for me to give back to the community,” he added.

Holl said that he anticipates one of the biggest challenges in the position will be “balancing the interests of all of the stakeholders in the community—the students, parents, teachers…A board of education member has to listen to all of those people and make them feel that their concerns are being addressed,” he said, noting that the current board has done a good job.

As the father of a 7-month-old daughter, Holl said he would hope to make certain the district maintains its award-winning reputation. “I’d like to make sure it’s preserved for [future generations].”

 

John Kroog

John Kroog, a 17-year resident of the district, is running for the board of education for the first time. He said the reason why he decided to run was for “the opportunity to further help out our district.”

Kroog is running against incumbent Matthew Seery. He said that although the district is doing a good job, he’d like to help improve communications between the community, students, teachers and school administrators to “build a more cooperative partnership.”

The candidate—who is married with three children in the district—is a graduate of St. John’s University and has post-graduate credits in elementary education. He is currently in medical sales management. “I have a wealth of experience,” he said, which would be an asset to the district.

After growing up in Lindenhurst, a larger school district, Kroog said he has come to appreciate the intimacy of BBP. “I really love the district, the neighborhood and the ability to interact with everyone in our district,” he added. “I’d like to [help contribute] to Dr. Hearney’s vision of what he’s trying to accomplish here.”