Budgets pass in four Saratoga County school districts

Election night was a good night for the Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Saratoga Springs and Shenendehowa school districts, with voters passing all four 2010-11 budgets.

Ballston Spa voters approved a $72.4 million budget with a final vote of 1,571 to 1,066. budget represents a 1.9 percent tax levy increase and 2.7 percent increase from this year. Both Board of Education incumbents Dan Cramer and Kathy Jarvis were reelected and will serve for another three-year term, starting July 1.

Both board members thanked their running mates for participating in the race and the community for supporting them. They said they look forward to serving the district.

Hopefully the community saw I bring a lot of experience with regard to my background in education, I was a former high school teacher, but the business world too. I have the ability to balance the budget and make decisions that will impact 4,000 students in our schools on a daily basis, said Cramer.

Jarvis said moving forward, it's all about the kids.

"I'm very excited about the future of the district and certainly want to carry on our plans, so I'm very appreciative to voters for understanding the importance of supporting the budget for our students. The vision we try to encompass in our thinking is everything we do is important for the kids," said Jarvis.

Saratoga Springs residents overwhelmingly approved a $108,500,005 budget by a vote of 2,6060 to 1,125. A school bus purchase proposition was also approved by a vote of 2,473 to 1,214. School board incumbents Regina Gapczynski and Ernest Gailor were re-elected to three-year terms. Incumbent Charles Phillips was re-elected for a two-year term and Russell Danforth, who served on the board from 1998 to 2007, was elected to a three-year term. All candidates were running unopposed for the four seats.

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