East N.Y. schools pass budgets
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Hoosick Falls Central School district residents turned out to vote Tuesday to elect three board of education members. Residents also passed the school district's 2014-2015 budget and the purchase of new buses.
Bridget Foster was re-elected to a three-year term on the seven-member board of education with 383 votes. John Helft was re-elected to a three-year term with 360 votes. The runner up, Andrew Beaty was elected to a two-year term with 331 votes, taking the seat from which David Sutton retires as of June 30.
The 2014-2015 district budget includes a 3.2-percent increase in spending from this year's budget, which will result in a 1.43-percent tax levy increase for district residents. According to the budget report, Hoosick Falls is receiving a 5.6-percent budget increase in state aid from this year, making up for most of the increase in spending.
Regardless of what is budgeted for next school year, schools may experience a 1.28-percent increase in the employer contribution rate from the New York State Teachers' Retirement System.
The approval of both the $22,487,085 budget for next school year, and the $290,000-maximum proposition to purchase three buses passed with a 355 to 148-count vote. For more detail on the 2014-2015 HFCS district budget, visit http://bit.ly/1k5Im9r.
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Cambridge Central School district residents turned out to vote on Tuesday to elect two individuals to three-year board of education terms. Residents also approved referendums for the appropriation of funds to the public library as well as new bus purchases.
Neil Gifford won a three-year seat on the five-member board of education with 490 votes. Dede Nash was elected to the other open seat with 445 votes. Daniel Severson did not attain enough votes to be awarded a seat, however plans to maintain a presence in the school and the community.
Gifford and Nash are taking the two open seats, from which Dr. Thomas Wolski and board vice president Lillian Herrington are retiring as of the next school board meeting on June 17.
The 2014-2015 district budget includes a 3.02-percent increase in spending from this year's budget, which will result in a 2.77-percent tax levy increase for district residents.
The approval of the $19,403,977 budget for next school year passed with a 521 to 222-count vote. The appropriation of $43,000 in the 2014-2015 district budget for the Cambridge Public Library passed 531 to 194. The $221,045-maximum proposition to purchase two buses to replace two older models passed 445 to 280. For more detail on the 2014-2015 CCS district budget, visit the board of education page at http://bit.ly/1k5Im9r.
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