Local school budget plans win easily

GHENT–All six public school districts in the county put annual budget proposals before voters Tuesday, May 21, and all won approval by wide margins. All the budget proposals stayed within the limits set by the state on their property tax levy increases.

Each of the six districts also sought to fill seats on the school boards, but there were ballot contests only in the Ichabod Crane and Taconic Hills districts. Write-in candidates were elected in New Lebanon and Hudson.

The propositions in New Lebanon and Ichabod Crane districts for the purchase of new school buses also won approval.


Columbia County 2019

School District Election Results



Proposed Budget


*Yes  393

No   99


Board Candidates (5 seats)

*Graham Button  321

*Meghan Charron  336

*Muriel Faxon  377

*Matthew Fisch  304

*Craig Simmons  362



Proposition 2: To authorize a

student representative

*Yes  443

No   47




Proposed Budget


*Yes  160

No    89


Board Candidates (2 seats)

*Andrea Provan  193

*Teresa Repko   220





Proposed Budget


*Yes  442

No   227


Board Candidates (3 seats)

Willette Jones  427

Charles Parmentier (write-in) 145

Justin Elliott (write-in) 63




Ichabod Crane


Proposed Budget

*Yes  787

No   477


Board Candidates (3 seats)

James Antalek  362

Anne Marie Bertram  440

Brendan Caluneo  184

John Chandler  267

*Matthew Nelson  571

*Jeffrey Ouellette  507

*Elizabeth Phillips  536

Anthony Welcome 498


Proposition 2: Purchase 5

school buses

*Yes  817

No  445



New Lebanon


Proposed Budget

* Yes  141

No     7


Board Candidates (3  seats)

John Kalisz  109

Timothy Lambert  128

Robert Long (write-in)  23




Taconic Hills


Proposed Budget

*Yes  519

No  137


Board Candidates (3 seats)

*Craig Bender  384 (5-yr term)

Lynn Brandt  229

*Joseph Costa  355

Nadine Gazzola  317

*Linda L. Lee  328

Four write-ins received one vote each:

Richard Herrington, Heidi Beneke Main,

George Beneke, Edward Fertik


Proposition 3: Purchase 2 school


*Yes  512

No   140



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