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Colonie school budgets pass

With little opposition in both districts, the North Colonie and South Colonie central school districts' budgets were passed Tuesday, May 20, as tallies were totaled from the 11 polling sites combined within the two districts.

In North Colonie, voters approved a $88.5 million budget by 1,560 to 771, representing a 3.76 percent property tax increase. The 2,331 voters cast their ballots in all of the district's elementary schools from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

On top of the nearly $9 million budget, residents also voted to have Joan Hart return to her seat on the board for the next five years, with 1,770 votes. Theresa Joslin kept her seat on the board, with 1,670 votes, completing a two-year term that began when she took the place of David Rosenthal.

Voted new to the board Tuesday night, with 1,047 votes, was Sandy Pangburn. Pangburn ran against Jeffrey Covington, who received 608 votes, and Rena Riccardi Hurley, who received 323 votes.

Pangburn will be filling a seat for a five-year term beginning July 9.

North Colonie Superintendent Randy Ehrenberg welcomed Pangburn to the board and said she was excited about the turnout of this year's voters.

We're so very happy that the taxpayers of North Colonie supported us, said Ehrenberg, "We had a 69.9 percent pass rate [of the budget]."

According to Ehrenberg, this year's budget process was unique because of the combination between the North Colonie and Maplewood school districts, but that the turnout was still successful.

"I think that North Colonie has been long denoted as one of the best school districts in the area," said Ellen Elie, a North Colonie voter from Watervliet who voted to pass the budget. "This budget has increases for all improvement necessities."

Samantha McCabe of Latham voted for the budget because of the programs it supports.

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