A proposition in the Westport Central School District to install a generator and make improvements to the school library passed, 171-157, during voting May 15.
All local school districts saw their adopted spending plans approved during May 15 voting, with a mixture of new and returning members to respective school boards.
Voters overwhelmingly approved the 2012-13 budget at AVCS, 445-168, which called for $28,305,558 in spending and a tax levy of $12,064,762, a 2.30-percent increase which was under the state-mandated tax threshold.
Three incumbent members of the school board were re-elected to their positions, as current vice-president Sherry Snow received 488 votes, Robyn Pray received 475 votes and current board president Mary Bailey received 432 votes.
Voters in the ELCS district also showed support for their school budget, passing it 196-64. The 2012-13 budget calls for $7,421,195 in spending and creates a tax levy of $3,340,360, an increase of 2.66-percent that met the state mandated tax threshold.
In a contested school board seat race, current member Nick Disogra, who was appointed in January to replace Tammy Apthorp, received 145 votes against former board member Robert Wagner, who received 114. Disogra will continue to fill the unexpired term of Apthorp, who moved away from the district.
Current board president Brett Sicola, who ran unopposed for his seat, received 206 votes.
Keene voters passed the 2012-13 spending plan by a healthy margin, 110-29. The budget calls for $5,346,979 in spending which creates a tax levy of $4,469,927, a 1.68-percent increase from the 2011-12 levy which was under the state-mandated threshold.
Kathy Regan, who ran unopposed for her seat on the school board, received 122 votes to keep the seat.
While the meetings leading up to the vote were sometimes heated, there was very little concern when it came to the final tally of the LPCS budget as voters approved the plan by a 524-301 margin. The plan calls for $16,820,009 in spending and creates a tax levy of $13,986,396, up 1.79-percent from 2011-12 and within the state-mandated threshold.
In the race for three school board seats, Patti Gallagher received the most votes with 733 for a three-year term, while Mary Dietrich received 711 votes to fill a second three-year term. Martha Stahl will serve a two-year term after receiving 537 votes to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, while Joan Valentine, who had been appointed to serve on the board, received 338 votes.
Voters in the district also passed a pair of resolutions. The first authorizing the lease of two 66 passenger buses at a cost not to exceed $35,000 per year passed with a 564-238 vote. The second, providing funds to the E.M. Cooper Memorial Library in Wilmington, passed 584-216.
Voters in the Westport Central School District passed a $5,408,000 2012-13 budget by a 206-122 margin. The spending plan creates a tax levy of $3,249,654, an increase of 2.85-percent which was under the state-mandated threshold.
Voters also approved a $455,200 Excel capital project to install a generator at the school and make improvements to the school’s library by a vote of 171-157. A similar proposition was defeated in December of 2009. Voters also passed proportions to purchase a new school bus (221-107) and a new passenger van (236-92).
Dwayne Stevens, an incumbent who ran unopposed for a five-year term, received 206 votes.
Voters in the Willsboro Central School District approved the 2012-13 $7,894,867 spending plan, the same as the 2011-12 budget, with a 191-40 vote. The budget calls for a tax levy of $4,762,188, a 2.12-percent increase that was under the state-mandated threshold.
In school board elections, Donald Hollingsworth was elected to the board with 206 votes, while incumbent Phyllis Klein received 204 to fill the second seat up for election. There were no other candidates.