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Greater Amsterdam School District: PASSED - Yes: 883 No: 673

Proposition #2: FAILED - No: 830 Yes: 694

Proposition #3: FAILED - No: 994 Yes: 545

BOE ELECTION: Leon Gray (871 votes) and Gavin Murdoch (1,072 votes).

  • Proposed staffing cuts: NONE
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $58,328,423
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: -0.4% (-$25,086)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: 0.0% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: NONE
  • Proposition #2- Shall the authority of the Board of Education of the Greater Amsterdam School District of the City of Amsterdam levy and collect a tax for the purpose of contributing to the support of the Fort Hunter Free Library be set at the level of $5,000.00 for the school year 2012-2013?
  • Proposition #3- Shall the bond resolution adopted by the Board of Education of the Greater Amsterdam School District authorizing the acquisition of two (2) 30-passenger school buses at a cost of $95,717.01 each, 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, which obligations may be issued in excess of the District's constitutional debt limit in accordance with the provisions of Section 4 of Article VIII of the New York State Constitution and paragraph c of Section 104 of the Local Finance Law, be approved
  • BOE ELECTION- There is one. Don't know candidates, how many seats up for election.

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

 

Canajoharie Central School District: PASSED - Yes: 413 No: 254

Trustee election: Bradley Morrison (373 votes) and John DeValve (339 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: NONE
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $19,279,887
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +2.43% (+$456,547)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +2.5% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: NONE

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

 

Fonda-Fultonville Central School District: FAILED - No: 787 Yes: 596

Proposition #2: PASSED - Yes: 737 No: 584

Proposition #3: PASSED - Yes: 762 No: 554

BOE ELECTION: Donna Hayes (680 votes), Marry Frollo (594 votes), Kelley O'Kosky (572 votes)

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 25 FTE
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $24,189,223
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: -1.31%
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +7.8%* (DOES need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: Swimming (sport) being eliminated, some coaches may be cut, sports budget being cut $275,000, reductions in purchases, "no additional opportunities for students"
  • PROPOSITION #2- Vote on library levies of $15,117 for the Frothingham Library and $6,500 for the Fort Hunter Library.
  • PROPOSITION #3- Authorize Fonda-Fultonville Central School District to lease (1) twenty-two passenger school bus at an annual cost not to exceed $7,800 for a (3) year term, commencing August 15, 2012 and terminating on June 30, 2015. This Proposition saves the District approximately $70,000 in contractual transportation costs.
  • BOE ELECTION- This year the Taxpayers will be electing (3) three new Board of Education candidates, each filling a (3) three year term. The candidates vowing for those seats are as follows:  1) Kelley O' Kosky 2) Russell Williams 3) John Donovan 4) Donna Hayes 5) Mary Frollo

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

 

Fort Plain Central School District - PASSED

Yes: 306

No: 144 

  • Proposed staffing cuts: 2 FTE (1 elementary teacher, 1 physical therapist)
  • Proposed 2012-2013 budget: $18,600,000
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: +2.48% (+$450,000)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +0.99% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: Eliminating new equipment purchases, continuing to eliminate field trips, reducing textbook spending, again not offering JV fall and spring sports, reducing modified winter sports to one combined level.
  • BOE ELECTION: To elect three (3) members of the Board of Education: two (2) members to a three (3) year term commencing on July 1, 2012 and expiring on June 30, 2015 to succeed Mary Beth Hudyncia and Louis "Rusty" Capece, whose term expires on June 30, 2012 and one (1) member to fill the unexpired term of Donald Yerdon, who resigned there from, commencing on May 16, 2012 or as soon thereafter as the individual may be sworn in, and expiring on June 30, 2013.

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

 

St. Johnsville Central School District

Yes:

No:

  • Proposed staffing cuts: Minimal. In budget newsletter, district says they are "…not fully replacing retiring full-time staff members"
  • Percentage increase/decrease in budget: -7.11% (-$667,660)
  • Tax levy increase/decrease: +2% (Does NOT need supermajority [60%] approval to pass)
  • Proposed program cuts: Bringing more special ed students in house (in place of outside programs), consolidating some transportation services with Fort Plain CSD
  • Proposition #2- Van purchase. In addition to full-size buses, the district uses a Suburban to transport students every day. The Board of Education proposes to replace the Suburban with a minivan using money that has been set aside for bus purchases. The amount of the authorization is not to exceed $18,500. The state Department of Transportation conducts monthly inspections of all vehicles that transport students to ensure their safe operation. The Suburban will need costly repairs to continue to meet DOT standards. The purchase of this van is part of the overall change in transportation that would save the district more than $50,000 annually.
  • Proposition $3- A third proposal that will appear on the ballot is from the Trustees of the Margaret Reaney Public Library. This is separate from the school's propositions but is included on the same ballot because the school collects the library tax. To see the text from the proposition, please visit the library.
  • BOE ELECTION- St. Johnsville voters will also be electing one Board of Education member. Nan DeNinno currently holds the seat. Candidate information was not available at press time. The seat on the Board of Education carries a five-year term beginning July 1, 2012.

For more information: http://sjcsd.org/

 

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