Heading to the polls
Along with the budget, voters will cast their ballots for a bus proposition and school board candidates on Tuesday, May 20, at Mohonasen High School from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The bus proposition calls for the addition of two full-size, 66-passenger buses and four 22-passenger buses with wheelchair accessibility.
The buses will cost district taxpayers an additional $430,000, though Diane Swezey, Mohonasen's assistant superintendent for business, said that state aid will finance 78 percent of the purchase.
Swezey said the smaller buses can be used in a variety of ways.
"They have a mixed-use floor plan and get better gas mileage than the larger buses," she said.
Swezey said the district will trade in three high-mileage, 66-passenger buses this year as part of its regular bus rotation schedule.
Voters will also fill two at-large seats on the school board.
Four candidates have thrown their hat in the ring for a chance at a three-year term.
Incumbents Nancy del Prado, of Merritt Drive, Schenectady, and Joe Salamone, of Tower Avenue, Schenectady, will seek re-election.
Del Prado, who works for the state health department, is seeking her seventh term. Salamone, a junior at University at Albany, is currently the youngest school board member in the state. He'll seek his second term.
Their challengers are Mark Thornhill, of Rabbetoy Street, Schenectady, an IT manager at Keeler Motor Cars, and Thomas Flood, of Chepstow Road, Schenectady. Flood is an English teacher at Niskayuna High School.
The district will hold a "Meet the Candidates" night before the annual budget hearing on Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. at the Farnsworth Technology Center's large group instruction hall in the high school.
For a more detailed profile of the school board candidates, pick up next week's print edition of The Spotlight. ""