In Amagansett, where interest in the budget and the school board race intensified in the last week, voters approved the almost $10.7 million budget for the 2017-18 school year.
2,754 votes were cast on the school budget referendum out of 44,951 registered voters in New Rochelle, 6.013%.
Catania has said the district plans to pair the incurring of that new debt with shedding its current debt service from capital projects in 2000 and 2007 - approximately $1.05 million per year.
Next year's budget equates to a spending increase of 1.86 percent over this year, with a tax levy increase of 1.58 percent.
Lakeland voters also approved a capital reserve fund of no more than $20 million for building and facilities improvements and vehicle purchases (888-242) and a $1.4 million proposition to buy vehicles and equipment (876-255). Only two candidates ran for three open positions on the Board of Education, which necessitated write-ins. Heather Welch received 694 votes; Alan Barone drew 67.
The budget was confirmed after 1,035 residents voted to approve it and 403 selected against it. The school board winners were Glenn Nealis and Marrk Schneider, with 207 and 293 votes. Casey received the majority of the votes, with 2,301 and Hoffman received 1,466. The budget has many features to improve student learning, including the growth of the district's One-to-World initiative, for which ninth- and 10th-graders will be given tablets in September that they will keep for the entire school year. A proposition to establish a capital reserve fund passed 392-82, and funding for Weedsport Public Library passed 367-105.
The tax levy is up but within the budget cap.
It is unrealistic to think that a district can continue to improve its educational offerings without ever increasing taxes.
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Although the K-8 school tax rate will drop from $1.184 to $1.162 per $100 of assessed valuation for 2017-18, that decrease does not mean every Howell homeowner will pay less in school taxes. The one school board seat went to Patrick Funk, who had 210 votes to Rob Pietrantoni's 118.
If a second vote is held on the budget, it would be on June 20th.
"The district has come a long way in the last 10 years".
A proposition to purchase three school buses passed 403-103. The tax levy is up 3 percent but within the state limit.
District residents on April 4 voted down the $6.8 million capital project, which included the purchase of almost 14 acres of land adjacent to the school for the construction of an athletic complex and nature pavilion, by a tally of 200 to 130. 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 2017-18 school calendar totals 144 days of classroom time, with the first day of classes as August 21, 2017, and the final day May 17, 2018.
After Tuesday's vote and discussion, parents said they felt some of the board members' comments were rude, but said they respected all opinions and said they were happy the resolution still passed.