Budgets green-lighted in Chenango County school districts

CHENANGO COUNTY – Residents in all eight school districts in Chenango County headed to the polls Tuesday to weigh-in on their respective district’s spending plan for the 2016-2017 academic year. Many schools also included additional propositions on the ballot, such as bus purchases and capital reserve increases, as well as a budget for their local libraries. Results of each school district is as follows:

Afton Central School

Voters of the Afton School District favored the district’s $15.48 million spending plan in a vote of 166 to 60.

The budget represents a $274,716 (1.81 percent) spending increase over last year.

Voters also cast ballots for three candidates vying for one five-year term on the school board. That seat will be filled by Keith Ives, Sr. who received a total 111 votes.

Voters additionally passed a proposition to purchase a 54-passenger school bus and a 15-passenger handicap accessible bus for an amount not to exceed $173,000.

Bainbridge-Guilford Central School

B-G’s $18.3 million budget passed in a 290-102 vote. The budget is a $1.52 percent spending increase over last year.

Voters also favored a proposition to borrow $298,000 for the purchase of three school buses in a 314-83 vote; and another proposition to increase the district’s capital reserve fund from $1.5 million to $10 million in a 274-118 vote.

The district had four candidates competing for two vacant seats on the school board this year. Those seats will be filled by Kay Striegler (291 votes) and Emily Hall (266 votes).

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