School district voters go to polls Tuesday throughout region
Voters in the region will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fates of their local school district budgets for 2012-13, choose Board of Education candidates, and consider other ballot initiatives in some districts.
In Kingston, voters will consider a $143,084,388 budget proposal that would raise the property tax levy 2.49 percent.
Voters will also consider referendums to determine whether the district is authorized to tap into its reserves and pair them with state aid to complete an $8 million capital project, most of which will go toward replacing roofs at three schools, and whether to allow the district to sell Frank L. Meagher Elementary School and its district office.
Running unopposed for three, three-year seats on the school board are James Shaughnessy, Robin Jacobowitz, and James Michael.
Polling hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at district elementary schools.
In the Ellenville school district, voters will consider a $42,107,685 budget that would raise the tax levy 2.49 percent.
Candidates for three seats on the school board are Maxine Chapin, Iris Friedman, Sandra Oglesby, and Wayne Storey.
Polling hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the high school media center.
In the Highland school district, voters will decide the fate of a $36,885,345 spending plan that would raise the tax levy 5.12 percent, which requires a 60 percent majority for passage because school officials seek to override the tax cap.
School board candidates for three, three-year terms include Vincent Rizzi Jr., Regina Tantillo-Swanson, Heather Welch, Michael Bakatsias, Michael Reid, and Debra-Ann Pagano. Continued...
Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the high school.
The New Paltz school district proposes a $50,310,000 budget that would raise the tax levy 4.4 percent. Approval would require a 60 percent majority of votes in favor because school officials propose overriding the tax cap.
Candidates for three, three-year seats on the school board include Brian Cournoyer, Ruth Quinn, Julie Tresco, Dominick Profaci, Tanya Marquette, and Marvin Birmbaum.
Voting will be noon to 9 p.m. in the high school gym.
Onteora district residents will consider a $49,686,922 budget that leaves the tax levy unchanged.
Running for two, three-year seats on the school board are Tony Fletcher, Laurie Osmond, Rebecca Balzac, and Cybele Nielsen.
Voting will be from 2 to 9 p.m. at the district’s elementary schools.
In the Rondout Valley school district, voters will consider a $56,941,197 budget that would raise the tax levy 2 percent.
Five seats are up for election, three of which carry three-year terms and two of which carry one-year terms. The candidates are Breanna Costello, Wayne Beckerman, David O’Halloran, Rebecca Versace, and Michael Redmond.
Voting will be at the district office from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Continued...
In the Saugerties school district, voters will consider a $54,676,980 budget proposal that would raise the tax levy 1.87 percent.
Candidates for three, three-year terms on the school board are Teresa Bach-Tucker, Richard Petramale, Lawrence Quick, and Donald Tucker.
Voting on the budget will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the district’s four elementary schools.
In the Wallkill school district, voters will weigh in on a $65,335,416 budget proposal that would raise the tax levy 3.19 percent.
Unopposed candidates for three, three-year seats on the school board are Donna Crowley, Thomas Frisbie, and Mitchell DeCouer.
Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at Wallkill High School and at the Leptondale and Plattekill elementary schools.
In the Catskill school district, voters will consider a $37,088,536 spending plan that would raise the tax levy 2.17 percent.
Candidates for three, three-year school board terms are Matthew Leipman, Tracy Darling, Courtney Parrish, Ernest Armstead, and Lisa Warner.
Voting will be at the Catskill Senior High School Gymnasium from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In the Hunter-Tannersville school district, voters will consider a $13,164,644 spending plan that would raise the tax levy 2.5 percent. Continued...
Voters will also choose one candidate to serve a five-year term on the district’s Board of Education. The seat is currently held by Rachel Tripsas. Candidates for the seat are John Berger, Melissa Glennon, and Bobbi Jo Matthews.
Polls will be open from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hunter Elementary School.
In the Germantown school district, voters will consider a $13,678,668 budget that would raise the tax levy 5.2 percent and require a 60 percent majority to pass, as the proposal would override the tax cap.
Two seats each carrying a four-year term are up for election. Candidates are Ralph DelPozzo, David Forman, Stephen Savoris, Faydra Geraghty, and Nicholas Ertle.
Voting hours will be from noon to 9 p.m. at the Germantown Central School’s Main Street lobby.
In the Hyde Park school district, voters will consider an $83,518,100 budget that would raise the tax levy 2.68 percent.
There also will be a proposition on Tuesday’s ballot asking voters to approve spending $520,222 for five 66-passenger buses. The purchase is eligible for 58.3 percent reimbursement from the state.
Running unopposed for two three-year seats on the Board of Education are Steven Mittermaier and Perry Sheldon.
Voting will be from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the gym at Haviland Middle School on Haviland Road.
In the Pine Plains school district, voters will consider a $28,125,128 budget proposal that would raise the tax levy 2 percent.
Running unopposed for three three-year seats on the Board of Education are Todd Bowen, Frank Kirschenheiter, and Debra Lewis.
Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Elizaville fire station on county Route 19, the Stanford Town Hall on county Route 92 and Stissing Mountain Middle School at 2829 Church St. in Pine Plains.
In the Red Hook school district, voters will weigh in on a $46,956,574 spending plan that would raise the tax levy 2.48 percent.
Ed Mercier is running for the single three-year seat available on the Red Hook Board of Education.
Voting will be noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the grades 3-5 gym at Mill Road Elementary School.
In the Rhinebeck school district, voters will consider a $29,272,307 budget proposal that would raise the tax levy 2.2 percent.
School district residents will also choose among four candidates seeking three seats on the Board of Education, with the top two vote-getters serving three-year terms and the third-place finisher filling a one-year term.
The candidates are Lisa Rosenthal, Stephen Jenkins, Diane Lyons, and Mark Fleischhauer.
Voting will be from 2 to 9 p.m. at Bulkeley Middle School, 45 N. Park Road.
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