Putnam School Board and Budget Results

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Roxbury's budget passed with a 101 vote margin, 191-90, with the school board seat going to Denise Johnston, with 136 votes, in a three-way race.

School Board President Kevin Pattinson said his fear was if the district decreased that line item and there was influx of new students at the beginning of the school year "does that then leave administration short on that end?"

"To be honest with you, for people who look at property values, there is a lot of correlation between how well a school district does, and it does have, I think, some sort of effect on property value".

Just under 94% of registered voters in New Rochelle did not vote to support the budget.

Amscan's share of the 6.46 percent tax levy increase is 5.10 percent, bringing the share to be paid by the average homeowner in Chester down to 1.36 percent - at or below levels from four years ago. Spending would increase by 1.62 percent. Incumbent Stephen Sycdek and Robert Becker received 720 and 711 votes, respectively.

Spending for the district increased by about $1.1 million.

Mr. Bistrian and Ms. Quintana were the top two vote getters, with 122 and 115 votes, respectively.

The new budget, which totals $84,948,220, is expected to include an expansion of academic programs and an increase in teachers and staff - all without increasing the current tax levy of $14,641,567.

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School Superintendent Matt Boucher said there has been "pushback" about property taxes from a lake association and there have been "misconceptions" in the community about the proposed budget. The bus proposition also passed 124-39, as did the library, 122-42.

The board also approved the capital reserve budget of $275,000 for the 2017-18 school year.

The field trip was previously approved for Deer Park/Pymatuning Lake in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, at the April board meeting, but the trip was canceled because the park wasn't responding to the school's communication attempts. The budget vote is a community vote. If the proposition fails, the money will remain in the fund balance. A proposition to purchase a school bus passed 385-90.

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. Incumbent Peggy Clements won her reelection against a write-in challenge.

The Canajoharie Central School District's proposed $21.9 million budget passed, 278-172. The proposed property tax levy would be $7.1 million, up $106,993, or 1.53 percent from the 2016-17 budget, which is within the NY state property tax cap for the district.

The departure of Mr. Fucito and fellow trustee William McGrath, who did not seek re-election, plus the election loss of president John Zukowski and member Jack Costas, means more than 50 years of experience will be leaving the board this year.

The first is dealing with the financial shortage from the construction bond that will leave schools unfinished and the second is to establish more financial accountability in the district. That is less than the 6.25 percent increase NY state's property tax cap would have allowed for this year.

"We have an active advocacy group and we will continue increasing our reach to increase state funding". David Locastro (504) and Margaret Vensel (612) were elected to three-year terms on the school board.

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