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GJSD to hold budget workshops

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District will offer several opportunities in coming weeks for residents to learn about the proposed 2021-22 school budget and other items on the ballot for this year’s annual school budget vote and Board of Education elections on May 18.

A district news release says polls will be open for in-person voting from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day in the Johnstown Junior-Senior High School auditorium lobby.

Upcoming informational sessions include:

∫ Budget Workshop: 6 p.m. April 15 in person at the Knox Building

∫ Regular Board of Education meeting with budget discussion at 6 p.m. April 22 in person at the Knox Building.

∫ Annual Public Budget Hearing: 6 p.m. May 4 in person at the Knox Building.

Superintendent William Crankshaw stated in the release: “Each year the community votes on the school budget on the third Tuesday in May, however budget development is a year-round process. Through budget workshops, regular meetings of the Board of Education and its Audit, Budget and Finance Committee, and conversations with the community, the board provides a number of opportunities for the public to learn about the district’s financial plans.”

Board President Christopher Tallon added: “We pride ourselves on transparency. We want to ensure the public feels heard and is given the opportunity to ask questions and receive information directly from the board and administration.”

Residents may register to vote at the office of the Fulton County Board of Elections (or the Montgomery County Board of Elections if you live in the town of Palatine), or online through the New York State Board of Elections.

Participants may also register in person between 3 to 7 p.m. May 4 in the Johnstown Junior-Senior High School auditorium lobby

Voters registered as permanently disabled with the county board of elections will automatically receive an absentee ballot. Any other qualified voter wishing to vote by absentee ballot must submit an application to the district clerk’s office. Applications are available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded from the GJSD website. If you are unable to print the application, you may call (518) 762-4611, Ext. 3119 and ask for an application to be mailed to you.

Completed absentee voter applications must be received in the district clerk’s office by May 11 if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter or by May 17 if the ballot will be picked up in person.

Completed absentee ballots can be mailed back to the district or dropped off in person, but must be received by the district office by 5 p.m. May 18.

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