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Broadalbin-Perth Central School Distric: PASSED - Yes: 862 No: 456

Proposition #1: PASSED - Yes: 827 No: 474 

BOE ELECTION: Robert D. Becker II (1,025 votes) and Erin Mitchell (959 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 34 planned teacher layoffs, unknown number of other administrators and support staff. District said these are "more layoffs than the district has made in the last three years combined."
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $29,463,738
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: 0.0% ($0)*
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: 3.32%** (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: JV sports (booster clubs working to get independent funding), French program being phased out (students already in it will finish, no one new allowed), majority of elective HS business courses eliminated, music instruction going from individual to group lessons, technology instruction reduced at Intermediate School, extracurricular offerings reduced (but keeping ones with big returns, like drama club and Odyssey of the Mind), reductions of art education at elementary level.
  • BOE ELECTION- On May 15, voters will elect two Board of Education members to serve five-year terms. The seats are currently held by Sari Stewart and Brandt Minkler, whose terms will expire on June 30. Neither is seeking re-election. Two candidates, Robert Becker and Erin Mitchell, will be on the ballot on May 15.

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

 

Gloversville Enlarged School District: PASSED

Yes: 659 No: 305

BOE ELECTION: Michael Hauser (583 votes), Peter Semione (532 votes), Polly Peck (502 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: "No additional staffing cuts"
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $55,194,319
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +4.75% (+~$2.5 million)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +1.9% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • BOE ELECTION- There are three seats available for 3-year terms beginning on July 1, 2012. Five candidates are vying for seats on the board and two candidates are seeking re-election: Robin Walrath, Aaron Flynn, Mike Hauser, Polly Peck, Leo Santini Jr., Patricia Ashbey, and Pete Semione. Read their candidate profiles below (in the order they will appear on the ballot).

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

 

Greater Johnstown School District: PASSED - Yes: 404 No: 109

BOE ELECTION: Ronald Beck (393 votes), Mark Ward (359 votes), and Kathryn Zajicek (225 votes).

  • Proposed staffing cuts: NONE
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $28,515,982
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +1.067% (+$301,149)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +2% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: NONE
  • BOE ELECTION- Voters will have an opportunity to elect candidates to fill three vacancies on Johnstown's Board of Education for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015. Johnstown residents Ronald Beck and Mark Ward filed nominating petitions on or before the April 25 deadline and their names will appear on the May 15 ballot as Board of Education candidates. Additionally, in accordance with NYS Education Law, voters will be afforded the opportunity to cast write-in votes for alternative candidates of their own choice for each vacancy to be filled. Qualified person with the most votes gets the other position.

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

 

Mayfield Central School District: PASSED - Yes: 419 No: 185

Proposition #2: PASSED - Yes: 403 No: 189

BOE ELECTION: Kevin Capobiano won the one open seat with 316 votes. Joan Scannell lost with 280 votes.

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 6 (all retirements, 2 of the positions will not be filled)
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $17,390,462
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +4.4%
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.42%* (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: NONE
  • Proposition #2- Bus purchase. Residents will vote on a proposition that would allow Mayfield to purchase one 66-passenger bus using funds from its bus purchase reserve account. If approved, the bus purchase would have no effect on the school tax levy.
  • BOE ELECTION- Voters will elect one Board of Education member to a five-year term. The seat is currently held by Janis Frisch, who is not seeking re-election. Candidates for the seat are Joan Scannell and Kevin Capobianco.

For more information: http://www.mayfieldk12.com/

 

Northville Central School District: PASSED - Yes: 304 No: 188

Proposition #1: PASSED - Yes: 365 No: 125

Proposition #2: PASSED - Yes: 283 No: 201

BOE ELECTION: Dennis Poulin (289 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 3 FTE (PT music teacher, PT secretary, FT aide, an art teacher is retiring and will not be replaced.)
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $9,643,632
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: (-$63,718)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.47% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: JV sports, track (the sport) at all levels, consolidating art and music classes.
  • Proposition #2- Voters will decide on the use of $54,000 currently in a capital reserve to be applied to offset the local levy.
  • Proposition #3- Voters will decide on the purchase of one full size and one small bus.
  • BOE ELECTION- Voters will decide on an open seat on the Board of Education.

For more information: http://northvillecsd.k12.ny.us/ 

 

Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School District: FAILED

Yes:104

No: 275

BOE Election: Cheryl Lynch 225; Cindy Breh 201; Ben Conte 187

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 2 (non-instructional; I think custodians)
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: ~$8,495,000
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: ~1% (+~$84,000)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +~4.5% (DOES need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: Driver's Ed (Superintendent says it's a "very small" program"

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

 

Wheelerville Union Free School District: PASSED - Yes: 83 No: 37

Proposition #2: PASSED - Yes: 73 No: 33

BOE ELECTION: Frances Miller (67 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: NONE
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $409,343
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +1.13%
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.66% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: NONE
  • Proposition #2- Looking to purchase one bus, using bus reserve funds
  • BOE ELECTION– 1 seat. Frances Miller running for second term, being opposed by Burton Wilson.

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

 

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