Voters showed good turnout May 18 as the majority voted in favor of their respective school budgets.
Many budgets passed by large margins as most school districts aimed to keep tax levy increases at a minimum despite painful cuts to state aid.
The budget for the AuSable Valley Central School District passed 437-361, roughly 54.7 percent voting in favor of the budget that will result in an estimated 3.1-percent increase in the tax levy.
Scott Bombard, Susan Richards, and David Whitford each won re-election to their uncontested Board of Education seats, garnering 569, 590, and 518 votes, respectively.
The Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District will have an estimated zero-percent tax levy increase after voters approved the budget 374-140, meaning 72.7 percent were in favor.
Karin DeMuro, running unopposed, garnered 426 votes to take the vacant school board seat. Board President William Haseltine was ousted as challenger Tammy Apthorp took 328 votes to his 200. Fellow incumbent Paul Fenton also fell short as Karen Hooper took 352 votes to his 181.
Residents of the Keene Central School District can expect a 1.22-percent increase in the tax levy after voters approved the school budget 132-68; that's 66 percent in favor.
Board members Ann Whitney and James Marlatt were each retained as they ran unopposed for school board. Whitney garnered 173 votes while Marlatt had 135.
In Lake Placid, the school budget passed overwhelmingly 572-269, meaning 68 percent of voters were in favor of the budget that is expected to bring a 1.54-percent increase in the district's tax levy.
A proposition to lease two 66-passenger school busses for five years at a cost of $39,000 per year passed 568-268, and voters came out 527-303 in favor of a plan to transfer an additional $1,900 annually to the E. M. Cooper Memorial Public Library in Wilmington.
Janet Smith retained her seat on the school board, garnering 579 votes. Gerald Blair won the second open seat with 488 votes while Herbert Stoerr's 448 votes left him out of the running for the school board.
Exactly 1,100 people voted on the Saranac Lake budget, which passed overwhelmingly 807-293; that's more than 73 percent in favor. The tax levy is expected to rise 2.95 percent as a result.
A proposition to raise $130,200 for Saranac Lake Free Library also passed 702-314.
Susan Rdzanek won out, taking 528 votes in the three-way race for a single school board seat. Terrance Tubridy had 248 while Lisa Paschke took 210.
Despite a projected tax levy somewhere between nine and 10 percent, voters in the Tupper Lake Central School District approved the budget 600-465, a percentage of more than 56 percent in favor.
A separate proposition for the purchase of two school busses passed more narrowly 544-453.
Ben Mansfield, Dawn Hughes, and Mark Yamrick, all running unopposed for three separate board of education seats, were elected with 786, 721 and 826 votes, respectively.
Westport's budget with its projected 4.45-percent tax levy increase was approved by a vote of 253-199; that represents roughly 56 percent in favor.
A separate proposition for the purchase of an Express van also passed by a margin of 313-136.
Board of Education president Alice LaRock, running unopposed, won re-election with 338 votes.
Residents in the Willsboro district will likely see a tax levy increase of slightly less than one percent after voters approved the school budget 247-78; that's 76 percent in favor.
Board member Bruce Hale was re-elected to another three-year term with 273 votes.