HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Voters on Tuesday passed a $23.5 million budget for the Hoosick Falls Central School District and signed off on a proposition to purchase buses.
In an uncontested race for three open seats on the Board of Education, three incumbents were re-elected to three-year terms. Joseph Patire received 372 votes; Rachel Boisvert, 309; and Andrew Beaty, 304.
The $23.5 million for fiscal 2017 represents a 1.76 percent increase over the current year's spending plan and had no tax levy increase. Of the votes cast, more than three-quarters were in the affirmative, with voters approving the budget 340-101.
A proposition to appropriate $242,200 for new buses passed 344-98.
The Board of Education was expected to officially accept the budget vote, bus vote and election results during the meeting Tuesday night.
In a statement, Superintendent Kenneth Facin said he was "pleased by the outcome" given the stress the community has been under over the water issue. He thanked voters for turning out and said the positive vote "shows how much our community cares about education and our children's well-being."
During Tuesday's regular Board of Education meeting, School Business Administrator Pam Hatfield explained the buses will be paid using funds from the capital bus reserve. That fund currently has about $300,554.
In his report to the board, Facin recommended members authorize him to pursue a capital project to address asbestos ceiling tiles in the aging 1961 building. He said while there's no immediate hazard to health or safety, it's an important project to pursue.
The timing is right, he said, given the amount of money in the district's reserves — about $340,000 of the $3.8 million in reserves is set aside for the building. In addition, the debt for a capital project completed in 1997 is set to expire by 2018, roughly the time when the work would begin. The project would also upgrade wiring, lighting and bring a new technology platform to the school.
The board authorized Facin to create a request for proposals for architects to move the project forward.
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