The following was compiled by the three Evening Sun Staff Writers
CHENANGO COUNTY – School districts across the county put their proposed 2014-2015 school year budgets to vote on Tuesday, giving local resident the chance to weigh-in. In addition to the annual budget, voters also cast their ballot on a number of bus and vehicle purchasing propositions, school board members, and a public library budget in many districts.
AFTON – The Afton Central School District budget of $16,262,243 passed with a vote of 142 to 64 on Tuesday. Also passed was a proposition for two new school vehicles (one bus and one SUV) in the amount not to exceed a total of $132,000, with a vote of 138 to 65. Incumbent Vanessa Warren was elected for one five (5) year term on the Afton Board of Education.
The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District voted in favor of its $17.5 million budget with a 205-94 vote. The district’s bus proposition also passed, 213-86, and incumbent school board members Jeanne Shields and Patrick McElligott were re-elected to their positions.
Greene residents voted in favor of the budget in the Greene Central School District, who passed the $24,533,160 budget. Board incumbents Tim Crumb and Karen Hendershott were re-elected for another term with 190 and 173 votes, respectively. Jason Burghardt fell short, earning 127 votes.
The Norwich City School District’s $38.89 million budget passed with a vote of 335-104. The district’s proposition to replace nine 60-pasanger buses and two 30-pasanger buses also passed 308-121.
District voters also voted on a budget for the Guernsey Memorial Library, which passed with a 335-104 vote. In the race for school board, appointed incumbent George Carnrike will stay on the school board, joined by newcomer Tom Grady, Jr., who beat out current board member Tom Morrone.
Otselic Valley’s $10.4 million budget was passed in a 209-117 vote on Tuesday. The district’s proposition to lease six new buses also passed, as did a proposed capital building project which will consist of improvements tot he school parking lot and road infrastructure.
Additionally, voters allowed current board member Jeremy Foster to keep his seat on the school board.
Oxford taxpayers voted up the district's annual budget by a margin of 201 to 59. The district’s bus proposition passed 191 to 61 as did the library appropriation – 207 to 50. Newly elected Board of Education Members Julie Gates succeded with 196 votes and incumbent Eugene Rood was re-elected with 172 votes cast in his favor. Zachary Crandall also ran and received 106 votes.
SHERBURNE-EARLVILLE – The Sherburne-Earlville Central School District budget of $31,387,341 passed with a vote of 301 to 81 yesterday. A proposition to buy five Chevrolet Tahoes to replace older school vehicles (totaling $212,562.50 with transportation aid covering 90 percent of the cost) was passed with a vote of 248 to 109. Susan Osbourne, Michael Ulrich and Michael Khoury were elected to serve as members of the S-E Board of Education.
UNADILLA VALLEY – The Unadilla Valley Central School budget of $21,037,359 passed with a vote of 226 to 75. A lease of school buses proposition passed that entails entering a five year lease for five school buses at a estimated total annual cost not to exceed $75,000 for each of the five years. The vote was 232 yes and 70 opposed to the proposition. A proposition to increase library funding for the New Berlin Library by $4,000 per year was passed with a vote of 138 to 46. Library funding was also requested to increase for the South New Berlin Free Library by $2,495 per year, which passed with a 103 to 19 vote. Richard Potter, Victoria Gregory and Kimberly Murray were elected to the Board of Education, which will be three-year terms ending on June 30, 2017.