Chenango passes all school budgets

NORWICH Ė Norwich voters approved the districtís $37,090,193 proposed budget 770 to 522 Tuesday. A total of 1,292 cast their vote, as opposed to last year when 721 voters turned out to the polls.

For the three vacancies on the board of education, Dr. Linda Horovitz received 693 votes, Heather Collier 639 and Tom Morrone 543 to secure positions on the board. The three defeated Bob Patterson, who received 469 votes, Clyde Birch 418, Bill Loomis 407, Mark Hollifield 292 and David Older received 265.

Morrone, who will assume the seat Loomis was appointed to last July, will be sworn in for his one-year term on the board this evening. Horovitz and Collier will commence their three-year terms on July 1.

Residents also voted to approve the Guernsey Memorial Libraryís 2010-11 proposed budget, totalling $954,516. Amy Doliver received 543 votes to secure a position on the library board of trustees.


Aftonís proposed budget for the 2010-11 academic year of $14,450,939, was approved by 33 votes, with 217 residents voting for the proposal and 184 against. Voter turn-out was up in the district, with 401 residents casting a ballot as opposed to 265 last year.

A proposition to purchase one new 65-passenger school bus for an amount not to exceed $99,000 was also approved by voters, with 204 voting for and 192 against.

Henry Bostelman received 331 votes to secure a position on the districtís board of education. This will be Boseltemanís first five-year term on the board.


The Bainbridge-Guilfordís proposed $16,403,196 budget was approved with 362 of the 549 residents who turned out to the polls casting their ballot for the spending plan. 187 voted against the budget proposal. Voter turnout exceeded last year by 128.

Voters also decided 332 for and 202 against the proposition to purchase a new school bus at a cost not to exceed $99,000.

Incumbent Dr. Nancy Hinkley received 375 votes to retrain her seat on the districtís board of education. The second school board vacancy will be filled by Michelle Gifford, who received 429 votes.

Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton

The Gilbertsville-Mt. Upton Central School District saw its $8,867,844 budget passed by voters Tuesday.

The 2010-2011 budget calls for a 3.81 percent increase in the local tax levy and was approved by a vote of 125 to 96.

The budget is .725 percent higher than last yearís, not counting the schoolís pending building project, which taken into account puts the budget 7.50 percent above last yearís.

Superintendent Glenn R. Hamilton said funding for the building project had no effect on the schoolís proposed tax levy increase.

Also passed, 142 in favor and 76 opposed, was the districtís proposition for the establishment of a $500,000 Capital Reserve Fund. The fund is aimed at replacing equipment, including buses, within state recommended replacement schedules. The fund would be established for a maximum of 10 years and currently 90 percent of its costs are being reimbursed by state aid.

There were two board of education seats open with one incumbent seeking re-election and one newcomer seeking the vacant position.

Current board member Joe Gonzalez received 170 votes and Mark Muller received 158.


Voter turnout more than doubled this year with 656 district residents turning out to cast their vote on the districtís $23,910,568 spending plan. The budget was approved 363 to 293.

In the districtís five-way race for three school board vacancies, incumbents Chris Cox and Helen Hunsinger retained their seats on the board with 416 and 437 votes, respectively. Newcomer Ethan Day received 432 votes to secure the remaining seat. Challengers Justin Fitzgerald and Ellen Sherwood received 246 and 202 votes, respectively.

Otselic Valley

Otselic Valley residents approved the proposed $8,923,487, 2010-2011 school budget by a vote of 235 to 70.

Residents also voted on the purchase of two buses, a 35 passenger and a 64 passenger, with 197 for and 99 against.

Incumbent Greg Brown received 210 votes, and was re-elected to the board of education, while challenger William Waltz received 96 votes.


Oxford residents approved the districtís 2010-11 budget, totalling $17,228,700, with 346 voting for and 284 against the proposal.

Residents also approved two propositions. The first, a proposition to increase appropriations to the Oxford Memorial Library by $1,897 per year to a total $128,298, was passed 426 to 195. The second proposition, authorizing the purchase of two 75-passenger buses and one passenger van for an amount not to exceed $260,000, was passed 339 to 260.

Oxford resident Joseph Spence defeated current School Board President Robin DeBrita 538 to 108 to secure the vacant seat on the districtís board of education.

June Burroughs and William Brower were re-elected to the Library Board of Trustees, receiving 475 and 332 votes respectively. Challenger Larena Auwarter received 225 votes.

According to District Clerk Michele Rice, a total of 674 voters visited the polls, compared to 400 last May. 287 voted in the districtís capital project vote in September.


Sherburne-Earlvilleís proposed budget, $28,975,880 for the 2010-2011 academic year, was approved by 142 votes, with 331 community members voting for and 189 against.

Incumbents Patrick Dunshee of Earlville and Thomas Morris of Sherburne received 417 and 415 respectively to retain their board seats, while Daniel Piliero of Earlville gained the third available board position with 283 votes.

Candidate John Cook, who had previously withdrawn his petition, received 196 votes.

Also approved was a proposition to turn over $2,500 to the Smyrna Library, by a vote of 313 to 184.

Unadilla Valley

Voters in the Unadilla Valley School District voted Tuesday to accept the $19,614,309 budget for the 2010-2011 school year, which included no increase in the local tax levy.

The budget was approved with 313 residents voting for and 128 against.

The budget represents a 3.15 percent reduction in spending from last year.

UVís proposition one was approved by voters 237 to 202. The measure approved up to $210,000 for the purchase of two new 66-passenger buses. Proposition two was approved 335 to 162. It will allow the district to transfer $350,000 from the capital reserve fund to the tax certiori Reserve Fund.

Both incumbents on the UV Board of Education were voted back into their seats Tuesday.

Brian Burchill received 280 votes and Board Vice President Stan Foulds received 246. Challenger Clifton J. Frink received 158. The seats are three-year terms.

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