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.
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).
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.
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.
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