Long Lake voters pass school budget

School Board: Budget projections show deficit spending

Polls are now closed.

Cheers rang out at tabulation centers in each of Putnam's six school districts Tuesday night when results of 2017-18 school budgets were announced.

"We really do feel comfortable and confident about the policy", Bird said. We will update tomorrow. The state school boards association has noticed the trend as well.

Peter Smith, who was vying for one of the two open seats, got 1,191 votes. He was followed by Hoffman with 1,466, Blais at 1,248 and Jennyfer Gleason, the race's fourth candidate, with 934 votes. School officials said 63 affidavit votes would be verified on Wednesday and a victor would be declared.

The budget for next year includes $1.27 million for Equity and Access, a new initiative to help teachers reach at-risk students and remove barriers to learning caused by childhood trauma, family disruption and poverty. The bus proposition was 171-12 in favor. Incumbent Trustee Barbara Pettersen and newcomer Cory Notrica ran unopposed for two seats on the Board of Education. "They're trying to get the Legislature to pass a budget by the end of May", he said.

Michael Lewis (333 votes) and Dennis Egelston (241) were elected to three-year school board terms.

Gould said the district could take money from the unallocated fund balance to cover the cost.

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A proposition to purchase a bus passed, 241-72. Sources tell Talk of the Sound that Dr. Pamela Davis does not plan to run for a second term next year.

Budgets also passed by wide margins in South Glens Falls, Salem, Hartford, Ticonderoga, Hadley-Luzerne, Warrensburg, Schroon Lake, Lake George, Cambridge, Argyle, Greenwich, Granville, Whitehall, Corinth, North Warren, Long Lake, Indian Lake, Minerva, Fort Edward, Fort Ann, Johnsburg, Schuylerville and Newcomb. The average home was assessed at $318,000 and the owner of that home paid $3,765 in K-8 school taxes.

Deposit Central School District: $15,899,689 budget passed by a vote of 167 to 36. Schenectady Superintendent Larry Spring has called this year's budget a "watershed" as "years and years and years of cutting" has given way to serious investments in student services and the first substantial tax cut in years.

A proposition allowing the district to collect $98,000 in taxes for the Mount Morris Library was also approved. Jay Lyon was elected to the Board of Education with 106 votes. 177 voted in favor and 57 voted against. Voters approved the budget, with 261 voting in favor and 69 voting against. The two school board seats went to Russell Tilley with 135, and Emily Boss, a write-in, with 126. Voters approved the budget, with 294 voting in favor and 114 voting against. Daniel Buttermann was also elected to the board with 489 votes.

Chenango Valley School District: $37,342,387 budge passed by a vote of 467-72. The current 2016-17 school calendar had 143 days. A proposition to purchase three transport vehicles passed 421-62.

One resident complimented the board for everything that is offered to students and said, "While I would like to see relief on my taxes, I want to thank you for all you do for the children of this community". Christine Pierce received 56. Kevin Weaver and James Zappie garnered 65 and 58 votes, respectively. Kim Jastremski trailed with 272, as Jeffrey Woeppel with 246 and Bruce Markusen with 148.

School Director Ken Wiltz said the personnel will need to be trained not to use what has been budgeted, but only what they need. Julie Abbott-Kenan and Geraly Huba earned three-year terms on the school board.



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