School Boards Pass Budgets

No contest expected for trustee seats

The Haldane and Garrison district school boards have both passed their 2016-17 budgets, which will now be considered by voters on Tuesday, May 17.

Voters will also elect new trustees, although there will not be a contest in either district. In Haldane, three incumbents — board president Jennifer Daly, Laura Scanga-Hammond (who was appointed earlier this year to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Peter Henderson) and Margaret Clements — filed petitions to fill three seats.

In Garrison, incumbent Derek DuBois filed a petition to retain his seat for a second term and newcomer Jill Corson Lake filed to fill the seat vacated by Charlotte Rowe, who is not running for a third term.

Haldane trustees voted unanimously at their April 19 meeting in favor of the proposed 2016-17 budget that includes spending of just over $23 million, an increase of 0.96 percent over last year, which keeps the district below the state-imposed tax cap.

The Garrison board approved a budget on April 6 of $10.2 million that was 0.79 percent higher than last year, with an estimated tax levy increase of 0.16 percent. The board also approved a proposition to purchase a new school bus.

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