"The Board of Education, administration and staff greatly appreciate the support of our school community," said Superintendent Kevin Baughman. "This may have been the most challenging budget development process that this district has faced, particularly with the loss of state aid. The board worked diligently to develop a budget that contained costs and preserved core academic programs while also responding to community input. It was critical that we strike a balance between the educational needs of our students and the ability of our community to support education."
The voter turnout was the largest in at least the last 11 years, according to school officials, which totaled 3,305 district residents participating. The approval rating of 60.73 was slightly higher than last year's approval rating of 60.71. This is the seventh time the approval rating has exceeded 60 percent in the past 10 years.
To help ease the burden on expenses, a wage freeze was agreed on by building principals, K-12 directors, district office clerical staff, district supervisors, assistant superintendent and administrator for human resources. The cost savings of the freeze is around $87,000.
District voters also approved a bus proposition to purchase seven buses by 1,952 to 1,343. The bus proposal included purchasing four 66-passenger buses, one 35-passenger bus and two 24-passenger buses with wheelchair access. The eight current buses would be retired and phased out due to high mileage and expensive maintenance costs, according to district officials.
The Board of Education election results placed incumbents John Buhrmaster, with 2,123 votes, and Deborah Oriola, with 1,970 votes, being reelected, with newcomer Richard Reitz losing his bid with 1,270 votes.
Scotia-Glenville Central School District taxpayer approved $47.08 million 2011-12 budget by 1,275 to 587. The approved budget holds a tax levy increase of 1.57 percent and decreased spending by $248,246 compared to the current year.