Ballston Spa school budget passes

Both incumbents will be returning. Obermayer garnered 1,370 votes, while the gap between Townley and Raymond was tight, with 1,061 and 1,043 votes cast, respectively.

Ballston resident Sally Helly cast her votes for the incumbent candidates, stating she felt like the board has been doing a good job.

Louis Gnip of Milton said he voted for the school budget, but would like to see some large changes in how New York handles its school funding.

"I understand schools need budgets," said Gnip. "It's important that these kids get an education but the system is bad."

Gnip said he would like to see the state put standards in place and provide funding instead of leaving budgets up to individual districts. He likened it to the smoking ban " unpopular at first, but, in the end, schools and taxpayers would be better off.

"All these Band-Aid approaches are ill conceived ways to minimize impact," he said.

Those over 18 weren't the only ones casting their votes at the Ballston Spa High School Library.

The school also set up a "kid vote" program on the library's computers, with questions tailored for primary, intermediate, middle, and high school students (primary center students decided what tie the Principal Joseph Lopez would wear the next day " he was sporting a soccer tie on Wednesday). It's all about getting kids used to the idea of voting, said Ballston Spa's Community Resources Coordinator Stuart Williams.

"The main objective is to teach the students throughout the district about the whole voting and election process," said Williams.

About 580 students participated in the vote, including many high school seniors.

"Hopefully they'll register to vote and continue to vote in elections," said Williams.""

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