All local school budgets win voter approval

GHENT–In all six public school districts in the county–Chatham, Germantown, Hudson, Ichabod Crane, New Lebanon and Taconic Hills–voters approved school budgets by wide margins Tuesday, May 16.

Ballot propositions also won approval in those districts, including a pair of projects in New Lebanon for upgrades and a gym addition totaling over $11 million.

With write-ins in Germantown and New Lebanon, all vacant seats of school boards have been filled.

Each of the proposed budgets on the ballot in the county’s public school districts complied with the state tax levy cap of a nominal 2%, although the exact percentage varies from year to year.

Chatham

Budget ($30,836,975)

* Yes 368

No 115

Board seats (3)

* Dawn-Marie V. Blasl 385 (3-yr.)

* Rachel Galvin 365 (3-yr.)

* Winnie Hoffman Legere 392 (3-yr.)

Prop. 1: Capital Reserve Fund 3 for account of up to $4.5M for construction and upkeep

* Yes 350

No 127

Prop. 2: Repair Reserve Fund. Set aside up to $100,000 for repairs

* Yes 382

No 97

Prop. 3: Student representative on school board

* Yes 415

No 63

Germantown

Budget ($14,790,612)

* Yes 206

No 66

Board seats (2)

* Tammi Kellenbenz 234 (4-year term)

* Write-in with most votes: George Sharpe Sr. 34 (1-year term. He will take office if he accepts)

Hudson

Budget ($46,566,172)

* Yes 346

No 155

Board seat (1)

* Carrie Otty 419

Prop.: Donation of corner of JLE site to City of Hudson for a sidewalk

Yes 426

No 73

Ichabod Crane

Budget ($39,189,544)

Yes 643

No 203

Board seats (4)

* Brendan Caluneo 420 (1-yr.)

* Dan Cohn 570 (3-yr.)

* Tammy Crawford 594 (3-yr.)

Craig Luckfield 387

* Susan Ramos 535 (3-yr.)

Prop.2: Purchase 6 school buses for $477,789.

Yes 628

No 218

New Lebanon

Budget ($12,409,824)

* Yes 313

No 95

Board seats (2)

* Richard Sime 290 (3-yr.)

* Write-in Michael Bienes 53 (3-yr.)

Prop.: $8,75,000 Renovation Project for “security, efficiency and outdated … facilities.”

* Yes 269

No 134

Prop.: $3.1-million addition to gym

* Yes 248

No 134

Taconic Hills

Budget ($37,450,541)

* Yes 354

No 86

Board seats (2)

Robert Macfarlane 116

Michelle Rosien 140

* Alicia O’Rourke 181 (5-yr.)

* Ronald Morales 243 (5-yr.)

Melissa Stickles 134

Prop. 3: Bus and vehicle purchase from Capital Reserve Fund

Yes 351

No 86

Prop 4: Amend Capital Reserve Fund not to exceed $5,000,000.

Yes 314

No 119

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