Gloversville’s budget gets nod, 261-117, by voters

GLOVERSVILLE — Voters in the Gloversville Enlarged School District passed the $64.49 million 2018-19 school budget Tuesday.

The budget was approved by a vote of 261 to 117, a passage rate of 69 percent. The budget increases the tax levy by 2.14 percent to $14.72 million compared to the current year’s $14.19 million.

Final tax rates for the district’s five municipalities under the budget will be set later this year after final equalization rates are set by the state.

The school district will receive $45.06 million in state aid for the 2018-19 school year, an increase of $964,306 over the current year.

The budget maintains or enhances programs and staffing levels across the district.

“I’m pleased, and I’m thankful to the community that the folks took the time to vote,” Interim Superintendent Robert DeLilli said Tuesday. “It’s a sign of support for the programs that are in place and the things we’re trying to do for the students in Gloversville.”

The approved budget will give programming and school safety a boost through the creation of the new Foothills Pathways in Technology Early College High School program and the addition of three school resource officers in the district.

GESD and the Greater Johnstown School District have been awarded a $3 million grant to offer the new PTECH program in the fall giving 80 incoming freshman the opportunity to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and associate degree upon graduation. The program will offer studies pertaining to health and medical sciences and computer science and gaming arts.

The school budget includes $819,806 in expenses for administrative and teaching salaries and supplies for GESD’s branch of the program, the Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, that will be located in the former Meco Elementary School.

The district will also receive $257,549 in Community Schools aid next year that will be used to support the addition of a school psychologist and a partnership with the Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties.

Additional expenses featured in the budget include the purchase of furniture for Gloversville High School and some elementary schools, the purchase of two school buses in keeping with the district’s equipment replacement and maintenance schedule and the addition of a library media specialist at Boulevard Elementary School.

“I feel good about the budget and I’m glad it passed. Thanks for everybody that came out to vote,” Board of Education President Robert Curtis said.

Voters also selected three candidates who ran unopposed for three open seats on the Board of Education.

Newcomers Edward Stergis Jr. and Kelli DeMaio received 298 and 293 votes respectively and incumbent candidate Jennifer Pomeroy received 269. They will each serve three-year terms on the school board.

Current board members Mike Hauser and Robin Walrath, whose terms expire July 1, did not seek reelection.

“Thank you for everyone for voting, putting some confidence in us and giving me the chance to serve for another three years,” Pomeroy said Tuesday after being elected to her second term on the board.