Colonie school budgets pass

"I believe in the programs in the schools in this district," she said, while she stood at the polls with her daughter.

Brian Cook, of Latham, voted for the budget simply because his son attends school in the district.

In the South Colonie Central School District, the $88.2 million budget was approved by 1,439 votes, representing an about 3.92 percent property tax increase and an approximately 5.26 percent spending increase.

Richard Bousa, of Colonie, said he voted for the budget because he "always vote[s] yes for the school."

Bousa has a child who attends Lisha Kill Middle School.

While Bousa said he thinks that there are some areas the district could have been "more disciplined" with its spending, he said he fully supports the district.

South Colonie Central Schools Superintendent Michael Marcelle said that this year's voter turnout was one of the "better turnouts in the past 10 years."

Marcelle said the district worked hard to put together the best budget it could that meets the needs of not only the students, but the taxpayers in the district as well.

"This year was truly a team effort," he said. "We were very successful."

Heather Newcomb of Colonie said Tuesday she came out to vote for the district as her "civic duty," and that her children attend school in the South Colonie district.

Diane Jesmonth, of Colonie, said her children also attend school in South Colonie, and said that she voted because, "I think the district does a good job."

Also at the polls, voters re-elected Robert Domenici and Shelle Jaquish. Domenici was elected to his third five-year term on the board, with 1,610 votes, while Jaquish was elected to her second five-year term, with 1,486 votes.""

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