NORTH SALEM. N.Y. - The North Salem School Board will have at least one new face come May.

Five candidates have filed to run for three seats on the North Salem School Board.

The filing deadline for a three-year term was April 22; Voters will have their say on May 21.

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Incumbents Deborah D’Agostino and Jennifer Binette will face residents Brandy Keenan, Jaime Roche and Jeffrey Smith.

Trustee Katherine Daniels, who’s term is set to expire, is stepping down after more than a decade on the school board to instead run for a seat on the North Salm Town Council. 

Voters will also weigh in on the district budget on May 21, which the school board unanimously approved at its April 10 meeting.

The $43.9 million spending plan calls for an additional $988,489 over last year’s budget and an increase in the tax levy by 1.64 percent, the maximum allowed.

Two priorities of the budget, according to Freeston, are to continue the emphasis on low class size and to expand emphasis on the mental health of the students. In furtherance of the latter, the budget contains a proposal for an additional school psychologist at the middle school/high school.