Chenango County School Budget And BOE Vote Results
Published: May 18th, 2022

CHENANGO COUNTY — School districts across Chenango County held budget and Board of Education (BOE) voting yesterday, and several schools have announced the results.

Afton Central School District

The Afton Central School District proposed budget of $17,869,284 passed with 222 voting yes and 136 voting no. Also passed was a resolution to purchase one 60-passenger school bus, one 24-passenger wheelchair bus, and one SUV or van with 205 votes for yes and 153 votes for no.

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Elected to the Board of Education for a five-year term was James Parkinson, Jr., who won with 192 votes, and his opponent, BOE incumbent Maryann Palmatier, received 164 votes.

Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District

The Bainbridge-Guilford Central School District proposed budget of $21,441,361 with a tax levy increase to 1.95 percent was passed with 220 votes in favor and 76 votes against. The proposition to purchased two school buses was also passed, with 227 votes in favor and 67 votes against.

The BGCSD Board of Education had three open seats this year and four individuals running in the election: incumbent Shelly Bartow, Thomas Akshar, incumbent John Gliha, and Danielle Umbra.

Bartow was elected with 192 votes, Akshar was elected with 185 votes, Gliha was elected with 180 votes, and Umbra received 165 votes.

Norwich City School District

The Norwich City School District budget was passed during yesterday's voting, with 405 voting yes and 168 voting no for the $45,995,227 budget and 1.48 percent tax levy.

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Also on the ballot was a Capital Reserve Fund proposition, which would allow the district to continue saving funds for future costs associated with capital project work. The proposition was approved, with 443 votes in favor and 124 votes against.

Two NCSD Board of Education seats were open this year, and candidates included Deb Phelps, incumbent Kiernan Hamilton, and Jen Westervelt. Results for the BOE election were not available by press time.

Oxford Academy & Central School District

Oxford residents voted to approved a $20,898,159 school budget with 117 yes, and 20 no votes.

Residents also decided whether to authorize the establishment of a new Capital Reserve Fund with 118 yes, and 19 No votes. Residents elected one school board member, Matt Leach with132 votes; approved the Oxford Memorial Library budget with 117 yes and 20 no, and elected two members to the library board, Julia Bogardus with 131votes and Christine Gregoire: with 24.

Sherburne-Earlville Central School District

The budget of $36,628,959 and tax levy of two percent proposed by the Sherburne-Earlville School District was passed yesterday, with votes in favor totaling 272 and 87 votes against.

Elected to the Sherburne-Earlville Central School District Board of Education was Gary Miller.

Unadilla Valley Central School District

The proposed $23.5 million budget and tax levy increase of 1.54 percent for the Unadilla Valley Central School District was passed with 170 votes in favor and only 22 against.

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Two propositions were on the ballot as well. The first being a proposition to lease three school buses was passed with 176 in favor and 15 against. The second proposition was to create a Capital Reserve Fund to assist with costs of future renovations, improvements, and equipment in the district. The proposition was passed with 168 voting yes and 22 voting no.

Two candidates also ran for the UV Central School District Board of Education: incumbent Tammie Emrich, and Linda Tuller, who was appointed last year to fill a vacancy. Both ran unopposed and were re-elected to their positions, with Emrich receiving 163 votes and Tuller receiving 174 votes.