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Glens Falls

May 17, 2017 10:29 AM

Glens Falls residents vote “Yes” on the 2017-18 school budget 
Bus lease and capital project approved; Field lights rejected

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May 16, 2017—Glens Falls City School District residents approved the 2017-18 school budget today by a margin of 1108 "yes" votes to 260 “no” votes – an 81 percent approval rate. The $43 million spending plan will increase the tax levy by 1.94 percent, and represents a budget-to-budget spending increase of $1,627,387, or approximately 3.9 percent. The approved budget builds upon the district’s current educational program with the addition of five positions: a fifth grade teacher, a grades 7/8 reading teacher, a teaching assistant, and two social workers. 

Matthew Levin and Jason Rivers were elected to the Board of Education. Each will begin a five-year term on July 1, 2017, after receiving 1082 and 1027 votes, respectively. 

Voters also approved the bus lease proposition, which allows the district to lease two 66-passenger school buses, two 28-passenger vans, and one 21-passenger wheelchair van—replacing older buses and providing for backup vehicles in case of an emergency. Votes on the bus proposition were 1178 for and 205 against.

Residents approved the capital project for renovations and repairs (Proposition #2) by a margin of 1122 in favor and 259 opposed. This $17.5 million project will focus on a variety of structural, infrastructure, and parking improvements. Major items include boiler and/or roof replacements at every building, improvements to drop-off and pick-up points at Jackson Heights and Kensington Road elementary schools, gym floor replacements at Big Cross elementary and the High School, and a 21st Century Learning Environment for students in the High School. The district is committing $1,825,000 of existing fund balance so that there will be no additional local tax impact, above 2017-18 levels, to fund this specific capital project.

On the proposal to install glare-controlled, energy-efficient LED lighting on the High School’s turf field (Proposition #3), voters disagreed with 549 “yes” votes to 833 “no” votes. 

“It was great to see such high turnout for this vote,” said Superintendent Paul Jenkins. “Topping 1,300 voters is a record for our district. The community’s support for our schools is essential to the success of our students.”

“Clearly the community was not in favor of the lights. But they overwhelmingly supported the budget, as well as the renovations and repairs that the district’s buildings need.”

Archived budget development materials can be found on the district’s web site, www.gfsd.org.

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