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Saratoga County voters stand behind budget plans

Saratoga County voters stand behind budget plans

Voters in school districts across Saratoga County approved their school budgets on Tuesday.

Voters in school districts across Saratoga County approved their school budgets on Tuesday.

Many of the 2009-10 budgets included teacher and support staff layoffs caused by the slumping economy but also unusually small tax rate increases or no tax rate increases at all.

MECHANICVILLE

Mechanicville City School District voters approved a $21 million budget and returned three former Board of Education members to seats, defeating incumbent Frank Grimaldi, who ran for re-election.

Joseph Micklas, Joseph Waldron and Joanne Boisvert-Fraser were elected to the school board in a significant school board shake-up.

Micklas and Waldron served together a decade ago and have been absent from the board for several years. Boisvert-Fraser was elected Tuesday to the seat she vacated in March after a falling out with fellow board members. She has since said she was improperly removed from the board because she had not officially resigned after stating her intention to quit.

BALLSTON SPA

Ballston Spa Central School District voters approved a $70.4 million budget and re-elected Nancy Fodera, Keith Stewart and Kevin Schaefer as well as electing Daniel Cramer to fill the seat left vacant with the resignation of Pat Leanza earlier this year.

BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE

Voters approved a $53.4 million budget and elected Elizabeth Herkenham and James Maughan to three-year terms on the Board of Education and Patre Kuziak to a two-year term.

CORINTH

The Corinth Central School District budget of $20.9 million, a slight increase from the current year’s budget, was approved 450 votes to 255 votes. The 2009-10 budget includes a 1.74 percent tax rate increase.

Voters elected Lou Lueck and incumbent Celia Lockhart to two Board of Education seats up for election. Joel Duguay and Daniel Lescault were also seeking the two seats.

GALWAY

The tax levy will not change in the Galway Central School District next year under a $17.5 million budget approved Tuesday. Incumbents Cheryl Smith and Janet Glenn were re-elected without opposition.

HADLEY-LUZERNE

The Hadley-Luzerne Central School District budget of $18.7 million, a slight decrease from this school year’s budget, was approved 268 votes to 169 votes. The 2009-10 budget includes a projected 1.98 tax rate increase. A total of 18.4 positions were cut during the budget process. Voters also approved a proposition to purchase school buses.

SHENENDEHOWA

Shenendehowa voters approved a $147.4 million budget and a bus purchase proposition and elected Sharon Bowles to a one-year seat on the school board and Janet Grey and William Acker to three-year terms.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

In the Saratoga Springs City School District, the 2009-10 budget of $110.1 million, which includes slight tax rate decreases in Saratoga Springs, Greenfield, Wilton and small parts of Milton and Malta, was approved by 2,242 votes in favor and 878 votes against.

The district is eliminating 16 teaching and support staff positions through attrition and retirements.

Voters in the city district also approved a $798,000 proposition to buy up to six full-sized school buses and two smaller, 36-passenger buses.

School board candidates Jay Rifenbary, an incumbent with 2,229 votes, and newcomers Aaron AuBuchon, with 2,109 votes, and Steve Grandin, with 2,260 votes, were elected to three-year terms on the board. Current board members Will Martin and Stephen Rodriguez chose not to seek re-election after serving many years on the board.

SCHUYLERVILLE

The Schuylerville Central School District 2009-10 budget of $31.1 million, which increases the average tax rate by 1.86 percent, passed 574 votes to 268 votes. Voters in that district also approved a $230,800 proposition to purchase two large diesel buses and one small bus 564 votes to 211 votes.

Becky King, seeking her first term on the Board of Education, was elected to one five-year term on the board, and incumbent Jack Macica, who has been a board member for 25 years, was elected to the other five-year term. Susan Palmer and James Pompilio were also seeking the two seats.

STILLWATER

In Stillwater, voters said yes to a $20.4 million budget and elected newcomer John Murphy and incumbents Jay Peacock and Susan Kardash.

WATERFORD/HALFMOON

Voters in the Waterford/Halfmoon Union Free School District approved a budget for next year that is slightly under $19 million and a proposition to buy new buses. They also re-elected Robert VanBramer and Carol Cooper to the school board.

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