November 19 2017

School vote is Tuesday

November 19 2017, 06:54 | Rex Rios



In its regular meeting of the Hot Springs School District last Monday, May 8 - prior to the final day of classes this Thursday, May 18 - board members covered a variety of agenda items, including hearing a number of presentations, and approving next year's 2017-18 calendar and preliminary budget as well as a number of contracts for services.

Taxpayers in Charleroi Area School District will likely be looking at a tax increase, although district officials Tuesday could not say exactly how large. The budget increases year-over-year spending by 2 percent and raises the district's tax levy 1.95 percent to $5.6 million, up $106,657 from 2016-17. Under a new millage rate of 29.71 mills, a 1.89 percent tax increase would equate to an additional $74 a year in real estate property taxes for the median $135,000 home assessment. Heather Welch received 694 votes; Alan Barone drew 67.

"I am so relived that with budget passed and the Proposition 2 passed", said Ms. Anderson, the top vote-getter.

"But it's not enough; I think if we rely on just these four community sessions, we will have failed colossally in addressing the trust issue". Newcomers Ed Corona and Tracey Miller elected school board trustees.

Unadilla Valley's budget and buses votes passes 206-59 and 213-51, respectively, and the thee school board seats went to Victoria Gregory, Charles Jenison and Kimberly Murray, with 185, 173 and 124 votes, respectively.

"The board and administrative team have worked to develop a responsible budget for the district", board president Melanie Anderson said.

Bridgehampton's $14.36 million budget sailed through with 102 voting for it and 74 voting no. 186-41. Brad Smith, the only candidate for the one seat on the board, received 197 votes.

The second phase of a long-term plan to renovate and upgrade district schools will turn the attention to elementary schools.

Even the $30.48 million improvement project that passed handily in February will have no affect on the tax levy, with a third of the cost coming from the district's capital reserve fund and state aid, and the rest from a 15-year bond offset by state aid. We also were unable to get Milford or Bainbridge-Guilford results tonight. Under plans presented to the school board in March, classrooms will be better organized and grouped by grade level; hallways will be extended; secure entranceways will be established; and classroom spaces will be updated to improve layout, appearance and acoustics.

Seats for three members to the nine-member Board of Education were on the ballot, with only two declared candidates.

"These kids may not have enough to eat, they may be going through some things, and they will act out", Banks said. The district also recently hired a first-time superintendent in Gerard Poole, who now works as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Freeport School District.

The budget is down more than $155,000 from this year's.

An additional four teaching positions: two in general education and two in special education. School officials said 63 affidavit votes would be verified on Wednesday and a victor would be declared.

North Bellmore: $55.3 million budget approved; 2.18% tax levy increase.

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