Voters approve Shenendehowa budget

Edick said she has children in the district.

"You can't spend enough on public education," said Gerard Dewolf, 58, of Clifton Park, who voted in favor of the budget. "The board and superintendent have been responsible in handling the tax revenue."

Despite general support for the budget, some residents did speak out against the budget, saying that the district needs to better control costs.

"I will commit this Board of Education to maintaining an aggressive monthly vigilance of our fiscal situation as the year passes. The board will be poised to take appropriate action if there are any unforeseen changes in revenues," Casey said.

Ron Robins, 66, of Halfmoon voted against the budget saying, "I feel our taxes are high enough. I'm not sure they need new facilities here."

Residents also voted in favor of a $1.32 million bus proposition, which will be used to purchase 13 20-passenger vans, two seven-passenger Suburbans, six 66-passenger buses and one industrial four-wheel loader.

The district would be reimbursed $871,168 through state aid for the replacement of the aging buses.

In Board of Education elections, incumbent Mary Wiggins and newcomer Mary Blaauboer defeated Erin Wallace for two seats on the district's board.

Wiggins received the greatest number of votes with 3,096 votes, followed by Blaauboer with 2,749 and Wallace with 2,059.

Wiggins will serve her second term on the Board of Education. She has three children, two of whom have graduated, and one that is a senior at Shenendehowa. Wiggins is a domestic engineer with bachelor's and master's degrees from The College of Saint Rose.

Blaauboer will start her three-year term on the board July 1, replacing Charles Huff, who decided not to seek reelection.

Blaauboer was the director of personnel for The College of Saint Rose, before resigning to stay at home with her children. She has two children, one in fifth grade and the other in sixth.

She holds a bachelor's degree in public administration with a minor in human management from Stonehill College in Massachusetts.""

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