Most area school budgets get passed

Area voters supported most proposed school budgets and propositions on Tuesday.

Amsterdam

The Greater Amsterdam School District’s proposed $77.2 million 2019-20 budget passed, 404-126. The budget increases spending by 5.87 percent with no increase to the property tax levy.

The budget seeks to align current programs and services with the district’s strategic plan in all school buildings.

A proposition to establish a $1 million bus reserve fund for future bus purchases was also approved by voters 411-119.

Elected to fill three seats on the Board of Education are John J. Bottisti (410), JoMarie DiTata (411) and Curtis Peninger (274). Each will serve a three-year term beginning July 1.

Broadalbin-Perth

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District’s proposed $38.07 million 2019-20 school budget was approved by voters, 423-221. The budget calls for a 3.9 percent spending increase and a 3.9 percent tax levy increase.

A proposition to purchase three 66-passenger school buses and one 20-passenger bus was also passed by voters, 470-170. Approximately 77 percent of the total cost will be paid by the state and there is no tax increase associated with the bus purchase.

Elected to fill one open seat on the Board of Education was incumbent candidate Ed Szumowski with 519 votes. Szumowski ran unopposed.

Canajoharie

Voters in the Canajoharie Central School District approved the district’s proposed $22.58 million 2019-20 school budget by 63.3 percent, 161-93. The budget reflects a 0.89 percent spending decrease over the current year’s budget and carries a 3.5 percent tax levy increase.

Elected to fill a five-year term on the Board of Education beginning on July 1 was Peter Lawrence with 210 votes. Lawrence replaces Cheryl Vroman who did not seek re-election.

Dolgeville

Voters in the Dolgeville Central School District rejected the district’s proposed $19.38 million 2019-20 school budget, 326-574. The budget called for an 11 percent tax levy increase.

A proposition to allow a student to serve on the Board of Education as an ex officio was approved by voters, 584-309.

Elected to fill a five-year term on the Board of Education beginning in July was incumbent candidate James “Bob” Schmid with 463 votes. Schmid defeated newcomers Heather Lamphere (166) and Jonathan Fredericks (237).

Edinburg

Voters in the Edinburgh Common School District approved the proposed $3.58 million 2019-20 school budget, 81-21. The budget increases spending by 0.44 percent with a 1.25 percent increase to the district tax levy.

Voters also approved three propositions; to purchase a school bus, 86-16; to establish a bus reserve fund, 85-17; and to create a capital reserve fund, 79-23.

Elected to fill a three-year term on the Board of Education was James Lowerre.

Fonda-Fultonville

Voters in the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District approved the proposed $30.33 million 2019-20 school budget, 347-82. The budget maintains all current programs and services, expands academic opportunities and student supports and reflects a 3.45 percent spending increase. The budget includes a 1.5 percent tax levy increase.

A proposition authorizing the district to lease a 30-passenger bus for five years at a total cost not to exceed $49,000 was approved by voters, 364-63.

Elected to two open seats on the Board of Education were incumbent candidates Matt Sullivan (249) and Bonnie Couture (256). The returning board members defeated newcomers Thomas “T.J.” Petersen (164) and Matthew Tournianen (111).

Fort Plain

The Fort Plain Central School District’s proposed $20.95 million 2019-20 school budget was approved by voters, 162-30. The budget plan calls for a 2.2 percent spending increase over the current year’s budget with a 1.49 percent tax levy increase.

Additional propositions approved by voters include use of $377,000 from the district’s bus purchase reserve fund to purchase three new school vehicles with no increase to the tax levy, 158-35; and a $5,000 increase to the annual appropriation to support and maintain the Fort Plain Library, 130-62.

Elected to three-year terms on the Board of Education commencing on July 1 are Joseph Bartholomew (171) and Ronald Kardash (165).

Galway

The Galway Central School District’s proposed $22.29 million 2019-20 school budget was approved by voters, 301-134. The budget increases spending by $798,648 or 3.71 percent, resulting in a 1.99 percent tax levy increase.

Additional propositions approved by voters include authorization to establish a capital reserve fund not to exceed $1.75 million over the next 10 years to finance future capital projects, 300-132; and authorization to establish a bus reserve fund not to exceed $500,000 over the next five years; 308-127.

Elected to fill three vacancies on the Board of Education are Dennis Schaperjahn (278), Linda Jackowski (263) and Karen English (236). Additional candidates Sarah Leszczynski (176) and James Heuser (151) were defeated.

Mayfield

Voters in the Mayfield Central School District approved the district’s proposed $20 million 2019-20 school budget, 306-106. The budget increases spending by 10.26 percent over the current year to reflect borrowing for the district’s capital project balanced by state aid reimbursement for the project. The budget includes a tax levy increase of 2.9 percent.

Also approved by voters was a proposition to purchase two 66-passenger buses for $220,000 to be paid from the bus purchase reserve fund with no tax levy impact, 318-92.

Elected to fill the open five-year seat on the Board of Education is Emory Chase (191). Chase defeated candidates Patrick Leo (173) and Frederick Castiglione (44). Current Board of Education President Ernie Clapper did not seek re-election.

Northville

Voters in the Northville Central School District approved the district’s proposed $12.5 million 2019-20 school budget, 227-119. The budget reflects an $819,018 spending increase with a 3.97 percent tax levy increase.

Also approved by voters was a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund in an amount not to exceed $4 million, 223-124.

Elected to fill a five-year term on the Board of Education is incumbent candidate Dean R. Shepard (274).

Voters also elected two candidate to five-year terms on the Northville Public Library Board of Trustees; Elizabeth Junquera (318) and Jamie Philo (275).

Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville

Voters in the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District approved the proposed $19.95 million 2019-20 school budget, 272-204. The budget increases spending by 4 percent over the current year and carries a 3 percent tax levy increase.

Additional propositions approved by voters include; authorization to purchase two 65-passenger buses and a wheelchair bus for $315,000 utilizing district reserve funds, 305-169; and authorization to create a capital reserve fund, 283-181.

A proposition authorizing the district to purchase a maintenance building at 6 S. Division St. for a maximum cost of $80,000 with no impact to the district tax levy was rejected, 235-237.

Elected to three open seats for three-year terms on the Board of Education are Susanne Sammons (312), Dean Handy (302) and Neil Clark (279). The remaining candidate, Jarrod Parsons, was defeated with 203 votes.

Wells

Voters in the Wells Central School District approved the district’s proposed $5.83 million 2019-20 school budget, 105-7. The budget increases spending by 1.8 percent and features a tax levy increase of 1.98 percent.

Also approved by voters is authorization for the district to purchase a 64-passenger bus at a price not to exceed $117,463.89, 105-7.

Additionally, voters elected William Stuart (92) to fill a five-year term on the Board of Education and Rachel Lauria (104) to fill a one-year term on the board.

Wheelerville

The Wheelerville Union Free School District’s proposed $4.53 million 2019-20 school budget was approved by voters, 128-32. The approved budget increases spending by 2.18 percent over the current year and carries a 2.34 percent increase to the tax levy.

Elected to fill three open seats on the Board of Education are Bruce Snyder (117), Michael Bruce (111) and Jamie Abel (110). The remaining candidate, Eric Fielding, was defeated with 99 votes.

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