Jamestown School Budget Vote, Board Election is Tuesday

15 May, 2018, 22:35 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Voters head to the polls Tuesday to approve or reject school budgets and elect school board members. Here poll workers help or wait for voters in the West Genesee Central School District in 2009

Some of the polls open as early as 7 a.m. and they're open until 9 p.m. tonight. "The school board might be within its rights to make requesters of large requests pay a fee for records even if they serve on the school board".

Spending among the 34 districts in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties totals $2.46 billion for the coming school year.

Polls were open Tuesday in many school districts across Long Island for residents to vote on proposed budgets totaling almost $13 billion, along with contested board races featuring 207 candidates in 56 districts.

The district's budget woes are due, in part, to a decline in student enrollment.

The reduction follows a trend of the board slicing the district's overall property tax rate in recent years.

A school board could also decide to simply adopt what is called a contingency budget, which limits certain spending.

The Champaign Unit 4 School District Board of Education would like to thank the organizers of the North Champaign Academy for submitting proposal for a new charter school for consideration.

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The meeting will be held at 5 p.m.in room 103 of the Doyle Administration Building, 545 W. Dayton St.

Apthorpe also said that the primary focus of the 2018-19 budget is to address the district's debt, which takes up more than 10 percent of the budget.

Current school board members, John Dunn, Jennifer Massey, Michele Skumurski and JoAnn Taylor are all seeking re-election to the board as well. "So in a sense, for the next ten years we could do $100 million of fix and maintenance to our school buildings and not have to borrow".

The three closures are expected to save between $2.5 to $3 million total in the overall budget, according to Clark.

"When I first read this policy I was shocked", said board member Nicki Vander Meulen.

In addition, there are three candidates for three available Board of Education seats. District voters will additionally be voting on a proposed $21.2 million budget.

A mill represents $1 in tax for every $1,000 in assessed property value. The seat on the three-member board was vacated by longtime member Joseph Louchheim, publisher of the Press News Group, who decided not to seek reelection after serving three, three-year terms on the board.

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