Three Vie For Two Seats On Ossining School Board

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Three candidates are up for two seats on the Ossining School District Board of Education. Photo Credit: Nathan Bruttell

OSSINING, N.Y. – Two newcomers and the board’s current president will vie for two seats on the Ossining School Board of Education on Tuesday.

Voters will decide among Carlos Desmaras, Lisa Murray and incumbent Bill Kress for the two open seats and vote on the Ossining School District’s proposed 2013-14 budget. Trustee Cindy Winter is not seeking re-election. Voting is set for 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Ossining High School.

The Ossining School Board passed the proposed $110 million budget earlier this year. The budget includes $238,000 in cuts to the central administration, reduces transportation costs by $337,000 by removing before school music programs at the elementary school, and 7.16 full-time equivalent positions to special education. The proposed tax levy increase is 3.4 percent.

Carlos Desmaras, a nine-year Ossining resident, has worked as a financial banker and has three children in the Ossining School District. Desmaras is also a former member of the Town of Ossining Citizens Finance Advisory Committee.

Lisa Murray is a 13-year Ossining resident who has worked in financial services and has three children in the school district. She is the Vice President of SEPTO, the district’s special education parent teacher organization.

Bill Kress, 52, has lived in Ossining his entire life and is a retired Ossining police sergeant with two children in the district. Kress has served six years on the Ossining School District’s Board of Education and is the board’s current president. Kress is also on the Ossining Rotary Club, Ossining Communities That Care and the Ossining MATTERS Board.

For more on the school district’s proposed budget or to watch the budget presentation video, residents are asked to visit the BOE’s budget website.

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