Local school districts all see budgets passed by voters


Here are the results of local school district elections:


Voters in the Adirondack Central School District approved the proposed $28.93 million spending plan for the 2019-20 school year by a 325-144 margin, according to district results.

District voters also elected three school board candidates, each to serve three-year terms.

Candidates elected were: Bruce Brach, 325 votes; Mark Emery (incumbent), 306 votes; and Doug Muha (incumbent), 281 votes. A fourth candidate, incumbent Sandra Beasock, had 244 votes.

There were no propositions.


The school district’s $52,565,550 budget was approved by a margin of 229-29.

Three incumbent school board candidates were re-elected.

Seats for full three-year terms went to Stewart Hatzinger with 245 votes and Anthony Gonzalez with 239 votes.

The seat for a one-year term went to Jesica Prievo with 230 votes.


The district’s $29,237,218 budget was approved 727 to 154.

Two incumbent Board of Education members were re-elected.

Seats for full three-year terms went to Erica Shaw with 763 votes and President Mary Lou Lauchert with 724 votes. There were 13 write-in votes cast.

Proposition 2, which called for the establishment of a Capital Reserve Fund not to exceed $10 million for the purpose of paying the costs of construction and improvements to school buildings and facilities, passed 722 Yes to 156 No.

Proposition 3, which established a tax to be collected for Kirkland Town Library in the amount of $324,784, was approved 714 to 176.

Holland Patent

The district’s $35.25 million proposed budget, $9.83 million capital project and $392,800 bus proposition all were approved by voters.

The budget passed with 695 yes votes to 236 opposed; the purchase of three new buses was approved by a tally of 748 to 180; and the capital project received 706 yes votes to 223 votes against.

District voters also elected Bill Poalozzi to a five-year term on the board of education.


A $46.98 million budget was approved by voters by a 419-223 margin, while a proposition to lease five 70-seat passenger buses for five years at an annual cost not to exceed $109,000 per year was approved by a tally of 484-158.

Elected to a five-year term on the board of education was Heather Denby, with 413 votes.

A second candidate, Alicia Lippert, had 181 votes.


Voters approved the district’s $15.6 million budget with 203 yes votes and 24 opposed.

Re-elected to the board of education were incumbents Michelle Anderson with 184 votes and Adam Kernan with 179 votes, while write-in candidate James Chase was elected to a third available seat with 79 votes.


A $13,198,752 budget was approved by a 165-89 margin.

Also approved was a proposition to purchase a 66-passenger school bus and a 20-passenger school bus, by a tally of 183-72.

Elected to a five-year term on the school board was Stephanie Karis, with 214 votes.


Voters approved the proposed $39.5 million spending plan with 69 percent in favor with a tally of 318 yet to 144 no votes.

Incumbent Steve Adamkowski was re-elected to the board with 428 votes.


District voters approved Westmoreland’s $22.5 million budget resolution with a vote of 271 yes to 76 opposed. Proposition No. 2, to purchase three new buses for $292,249 also passed, with 292 in favor and 55 against.

Four incumbents were also re-elected to the board of education, three to fill new 3-year terms and one to fill the remaining year of a current term.

Vote tallies were: Pamela Murphy, 286 votes; Heather Johnson, 261 votes; Joseph Vanderhoff, 245 votes; and Christine Calogero, 269 votes. There were 52 write-in votes.


Across New York state voters approved 98.2% of school district budgets on Tuesday, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association, with 622 school district budgets approved while only 11 were defeated. NYSSBA was still awaiting results for 42 districts, the organization said.

Schools statewide proposed an average tax levy increase of 2.39 percent for 2019-20.

In the eighth year of the state’s property tax cap, 657 districts proposed budgets with tax levies that were within their caps and required only a simple majority to pass. Of those districts, 99.5% saw their budgets pass. Eighteen districts had budgets with tax levies that exceeded the cap and required a 60 percent “supermajority” to pass. Of those districts, 55.6 percent saw their budgets pass, which is slightly above the 50 percent passage rate for override attempts last year.


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