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Chatham Central School District: PASSED - Yes: 421 No: 209

Proposition #1: PASSED - Yes: 406 No: 213

BOE ELECTIONS: Michael Clark (480 votes), David O'Connor (468 votes), Jennifer Lindberg (463 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 10.6 FTE (One full time elementary teacher position, four full-time teaching assistant positions, one full-time counselor position, one part-time (.5) art position, one part-time (.5) social studies position, one part-time (.5) math position, one part-time (.5) art position, one part-time (.6) physical education position, one full-time custodial position and one full-time business office position were eliminated.)
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $28,297,344
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +4.27%
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.2176% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: Does not appear to be many, if any at all. District refinanced debt to save some $680,000 and are purchasing their own copy machines (instead of leasing), which they say will bring $359,184 in savings over the next 5 years.
  • Proposition #1- (District says THIS will be proposition #1) On the May 15 ballot will ask voters to approve the purchase of two 66-passengerschool buses and one 7 passenger school bus at a cost not to exceed $249,660. This proposition is part of an ongoing bus replacement plan designed to keep the district's fleet in a safe, working order. New bus purchases replace old buses based on vehicle mileage, age, repair history and condition. This year, the plan calls for the retirement of two 14 year-old 65-passenger buses and one 11 year-old 7-passenger suburban bus.
  • BOE ELECTION- For 2012, there are three candidates running for three open seats on the Board of Education. Each candidate elected to these seats will serve a three-year term. The 2012 candidates are, in order of appearance on the ballot: Michael Clark, David O'Connor, Jennifer Lindberg. The Board of Education election will take place May 15th, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. in the MED Elementary School Gym, as part of the annual Budget Vote and District Election. The three open seats on the Board are due to the expiring terms of Michael Clark, David O'Connor, and John Wapner.

For more information: http://www.chathamcentralschools.com/

 

Germantown Central School District: FAILED - No: 514 Yes: 415

BOE ELECTION: Ralph DelPozzo and Faydra Geraghty

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 5 FTE (2 are through attrition, rest are just hour reductions – no layoffs)
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $13,678,668
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: -1.9%
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +5.2% (DOES need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: NONE at this time
  • BOE ELECTION- There are two 4-year terms to be filled beginning July 1, 2012. The candidates are: Mr. Ralph DelPozzo, Ms. Faydra Geraghty, Mr. Stephen Savoris, Mr. David Forman, Mr. Nicholas Ertle

For more information:  http://www.germantowncsd.org/

 

Hudson City School District: PASSED - Yes: 698 No: 583

BOE ELECTION: Carrie Otty and Tiffany Hamilton

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 7 (5 teachers and 2 clerical positions)
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $41,550,715
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: -less than 1% [-~.97%] (-$401,535)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.78% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: Cuts to modified sports, materials and supplies, building and grounds, there will also be some transportation consolidation.
  • BOE ELECTION- The terms of two board members, Peter Meyer and Carrie Otty, will be open and must be filled by voters.

For more information:  http://www.hudsoncityschooldistrict.com/

 

Ichabod Crane Central School District: PASSED - Yes: 1,080 No: 559 

Proposition #2: PASSED - Yes: 940 No: 682

Proposition #3: PASSED - Yes: 1,203 No: 394

Proposition #4: PASSED - Yes: 1,249 No: 336

BOE ELECTION: Jeffery Ouellette (1,125 votes), Barbara-anna Johnson-Heimroth (1,056 votes), Bruce Naramore (1,016 votes), and Cheryl Francoeur Trefzger (924 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 10 FTE (8 drivers [but most may be rehired after retirements, etc.], .5 secretary position, 1 social worker, .5 food service worker)
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $33,954,813
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +0.47%
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.65% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: Modified sports (BUT "an enhanced and robust intramural program will be instituted with opportunities for inter-school competitions and tournaments"), school lunches will increase by 50-cents, changes to bussing ("The District will implement a ‘two-tier' transportation program for grades K-3 and 4-12. Currently, the transportation program is structured with transportation of students in grades K-5, which represents 20 bus routes, and students in grades 6-12, which operates 24 routes. The plan for 2012-2013 calls for 24 routes to transport students in grades 4-12, which addresses the declining enrollment and results in more efficient routing. Twelve (12) routes will be needed for students in grades K-3.")
  • Proposition #2- RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Kinderhook Central School District, Columbia and Rensselaer Counties, New York be authorized to acquire four (4) school buses at a maximum aggregate cost of $381,442, and providing that such sum (and the interest thereon) be raised by a tax levy to be collected in annual installments, with District obligations to be issued in anticipation thereof?
  • Proposition #3- Shall the Board of Education be authorized to convey the title of the Martin H. Glynn school building and the entirety of the real property upon which such school building is situate, to the Town of Kinderhook, New York and the Village of Valatie, New York, for the nominal consideration of One Dollar ($1.00) in accordance with the provisions of Education Law, Section 405 which permits such transfer subject to voter approval and conditioned on the property being utilized for Town/Village purposes
  • Proposition #4- Shall the Board of Education be authorized to convey the title of the property commonly known as Village Square (also known as Glynn Square) at the corner of Church Street and Williams Street in the Village of Valatie to the Village of Valatie, New York, for the consideration of Eight Hundred Dollars ($800.00) in accordance with the provisions of Education Law, Section 405 which permits such transfer subject to voter approval and conditioned on the property being utilized for Village purposes?
  • BOE ELECTION- 4 Seats to be filled. CANDIDATES (In the order they will appear on the ballot): Barbara-anne Johnson-Heimroth, Jeremy M. Insull, Bruce Naramore, Cheryl Francoeur Trefzger, Jeffrey Ouellette.

For more information: http://www.ichabodcrane.org/

 

New Lebanon Central School District- PASSED - Yes: 249 No: 84

PROPOSITION 2: Passed

PROPOSITION 3: Passed

BOE Election: Monique Wood (227 votes), Tracy Bingham (249 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: NO CUTS
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $12,440,790
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +~0.12% (+$14,639)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: 0.0% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: NO CUTS
  • Proposition #2- Shall the Board of Education be authorized to amend the capital reserve fund for an ultimate amount of $1,500,000, whose purpose shall be to fund in whole or in part, capital improvements to the facilities of the District, including but not limited to, the reconstruction, renovation, and/or relocation of the bus garage facility: roofing, heating/ventilation, electrical, masonry work, windows, site work, drainage, and related work, and such funds to be obtained from the end of the year budget surplus funds and or budget appropriates and the interest accrued on such fund over the term of the capital reserve fund.
  • Proposition #3- Shall a student be allowed to serve as an "Ex Officio" non-voting member of the Board of Education?
  • BOE ELECTION- There are 2 anticipated vacancies for the Board with 2 candidates running: Monique Wood, Tracy Bingham.

For more information: http://www.newlebanoncsd.org/

 

Taconic Hills Central School District: PASSED - Yes: 462 No: 166

BOE ELECTION: Glenn Schermerhorn (503 votes) and Anna Skoda (402 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: NO CUTS
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $34,815,073
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +6.59% (+$2,153,553)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +1.88% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: Most programs untouched. Few, if any, cuts.
  • BOE ELECTION- To elect two (2) members of the Board of Education to five (5) year terms commencing on July 1, 2012 and expiring on June 30, 2017. Vote for two of the following candidates: Paul Robertson, Anna Skoda, Glenn Schermerhorn

For more information: http://www.taconichills.k12.ny.us/

 

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