Gloversville

GESD $70.8 million budget passes with 77% approval

GESD voter Stasia Colley is shown here at Gloversville High School after voting Tuesday night.

GESD voter Stasia Colley is shown here at Gloversville High School after voting Tuesday night.

 Voters in the Gloversville Enlarged School District approved the district’s $70.8 million 2022-23 budget and its 1.45% tax levy increase Tuesday night with an unofficial vote count of 271-80.

District voters also approved the district’s proposition to buy three 66-passenger buses and a plow truck at a total cost of $481,868, by a wider margin of 84% in favor, with the unofficial vote count of 293-55.

All three incumbent Gloversville school board members — Board President Robert Curtis (225 votes), Kevin Kucel (228 votes) and Vincent Salvione (220 votes) — were all reelected to new three-year terms. The unofficial vote total shows Thomas Canty received 80 write-in votes, which means he will serve out the remaining two years on former GESD board member Jen Pomeroy’s term of office.

District voter Stasia Colley said she voted for the bus proposition because kids need a way to get to school, for all of the GESD board incumbents because she thinks they’re doing a good job, and submitted no write-in candidate selection because she didn’t know of anyone running and voted yes to approving the budget, for a simple reason — gratitude.

“This school has been fantastic for my family, two have graduated and I have one that’s a senior. This is a tremendous district and very underrated,” she said.

District Superintendent David Halloran said he wasn’t sure what to expect for the 2022-23 budget vote which included a $3.6 million year-over-year spending increase, or a 5.3 % hike. But, he said he’s grateful district voters support the school board’s efforts to improve the district.

“We’ve tried to be very mindful of the taxpayers’ dollars, and as we’ve said numerous times it is program needs that drive this budget,” he said. “We’re doing the best we can to be fiscally responsible with the people’s money, while making sure we offer the programs that meet the needs of all students regardless of their abilities.”

Halloran said he was not able to ad a guidance counselor position for 2022-23 he had hoped to deploy in his efforts to reduce the chronic absenteeism on the elementary level, but he believes that problem is going to improve based on positive momentum from other efforts.

“We want to build on successes we’ve had the last few years, with the graduation rate going in the right direction,” Halloran said. “Some of the administration we hired last year are now becoming more seasoned in their positions. Holistically I believe we had a lot of momentum prior to the pandemic, but we were disrupted, along with a lot of districts. I think we have the key pieces in place, we’re just hoping to really dial-in with instruction K-12 and build upon our successes and create an atmosphere and a buzz that makes kids want to be in school.”

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