School board approves 2017-18 calendar, preliminary budget

That's an increase of 12.41 percent over a year ago, due entirely, school officials say, to a change to record debt service expenditures in the general fund as recommended by the comptroller's office.

William Keppler, Arlene Pawlaczyk and David Sevenski won three-year terms on the board of education with 329, 299 and 292 votes respectively.

"The board and administrative team have worked to develop a responsible budget for the district", board president Melanie Anderson said.

But in Pittsford, not enough people favored the budget to meet the 60 percent threshold needed for a "super majority" since the district wanted to exceed the state tax cap. The board must approve a budget by the June 30 Pennsylvania Department of Education deadline. Proposition 3 also passed, 1,095 to 349, which allowed the expenditure of $1,885,000 from the renovation and improvement facilities fund. Proposition 4, which extended the technology replacement fund for an additional five years, passed 1,031 to 400.

The district had proposed a budget of $9,750,912 - a 0.85 percent increase. The budget increases year-over-year spending by $541,140, up 2.54 percent. The school board winners were Glenn Nealis and Marrk Schneider, with 207 and 293 votes. 186-41. Brad Smith, the only candidate for the one seat on the board, received 197 votes.

The Chautauqua Lake Central School District proposed a 2017-18 budget of $22,902,956 -a 26.93 percent increase from 2007-08.

Laurens had 168 voting in favor of the budget with 20 voting no. For the board candidates, Penny Barry got 189 votes, write-in candidate Susan Hrovat got 132 votes, and Darren Wilson got 92 votes.

The increase in spending comes in the face of a $1.8 million loss in total assessed property value in the borough, translating into a revenue loss of $72,019.

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Morris' budget passed 116-43, with the capital reserve 108-48 in favor and the library passing 90-69.

The plan establishes a general education "continuum" that will focus extra services on struggling students who don't qualify for special education, while also expanding student electives, ramping up training and mentoring for teachers, and growing the district workforce.

The budget also funds a "mobile crisis response team" that will be staffed by a psychiatric nurse practitioner and two clinical social workers and respond to students in urgent need of mental health support - students potentially on the verge of harming themselves.

In Sidney, the budget got 138 yes votes with 26 opposed.

It takes just a few minutes to vote, the polling places are close by, and districts offer at least seven hours in which to cast ballots. Mauger tallied 541 votes as Jasen garnered 442.

"The district has come a long way in the last 10 years". "We work hard to do a good job, we work hard to inform the community about what we're doing, and I think that reflected in the budget so, as we look down the road, the challenges of increased academic rigor is on the horizon for us, the challenges of the changing demographics of our community is on the horizon for us, and in spite of all of those things, we still have to look at, how do we ensure each child, and their respective needs are understood and appreciated in our system". Voters approved the budget, with 131 voting in favor and 29 voting against. The state-funded, four-year program is available to the district as 52 percent of students at the four campuses qualify for free meals.

Worcester's budget and bus propsitions passed, 146-39 and 144-40, with the school board going to Tanya Shalor over Justin Frost 124-55.

  • Rita Burton