Cassia voters vote out incumbent school board members

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The School Board voted 6-1 to adopt the budget following Monday's meeting of the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center board.

The largest spending plan, $162.7 million, in the Lakeland School District, which spans over six towns, including Cortlandt, Somers and Yorktown, easily passed the muster with voters, 915-255.

That's an increase of 12.41 percent over past year, due entirely, school officials say, to a change to record debt service expenditures in the general fund as recommended by the comptroller's office. A total of 646 voters were in favor of the fund, while 102 were opposed.

Sagaponack voters unanimously passed the school's $1.7 million budget proposal, with 19 votes for and none against.

Pavilion Central has a proposed budget of 18 and a half-million dollars and a one and three-quarters percent increase in the tax levy.

Ollerich said she had asked the principals from each of the buildings to come up with some cuts and that she will have a much better idea of the final numbers by July, when a final budget will need to be approved.

Extending the bus route, if approved, would cost about $68,000 and would be paid for in the coming year out of the fund balance.

According to Brucato, the budget is a $3.5 million increase from the current plan, representing a 2.26 percent budget-to-budget increase. Voters approved the budget, with 272 voting in favor and 78 voting against.

Aurora school board member Cathy Wildman said Aurora already has enough policies creating safe schools by prohibiting discrimination. 186-41. Brad Smith, the only candidate for the one seat on the board, received 197 votes.

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It would also be the district's seventh tax increase in the last eight years.

Laurens had 168 voting in favor of the budget with 20 voting no. Michelle Lyon (364) and Jim Struble (334) won the two available three-years terms on the school board.

A homeowner with a home assessed at $250,000 should see an increase in their tax bill of $47.

The vote was 3,687 people in favor of the budget, 3,207 against.

The budget vote and Board of Education election took place on Tuesday.

Seats for three members to the nine-member Board of Education were on the ballot, with only two declared candidates. Mauger tallied 541 votes as Jasen garnered 442.

The overall district budget tops $213 million. The two people running for school board got the two seats: Amanda Finch with 143 votes and Marisa Orezzoli with 142. The capital improvement project was approved 454-154, and the energy performance proposition got 488 yes votes to 121 no. Also when looking at vacation days during the second semester next year, students will get back the President's Day holiday on February 19, as well as an additional day over Easter (March 29-April 2) for a total of five days off for the holiday.

"The federal budget has not been passed yet, but it's my understanding we will receive federal tax funds for the '17-'18 year", Bodamer said. The budget, 98-23; library, 107-14; Bus purchase, 89-32; establish capital reserve for construction, 98-22 and establish capital reserve for vehicles, 90-29.

The budget is down more than $155,000 from this year's.