continued Board of Education President Jeanne Sosnow thanked voters for approving the budget.
“We worked hard to get budget information out to the public, and the vote shows that they understood the financial situation, and approved of our measures to close the gap through increased efficiencies and staffing to enrollment,” Sosnow said in a statement. “Through this approach, we were able to minimize the impact on classroom instruction and educational opportunities, though not without some reduction in personnel, unfortunately. Teacher and staff concessions were a big help, and we appreciate their contribution to a successful budget.”
Voters also approved the bus purchase proposition for an amount not to exceed $599,500 by a vote of 2,074 to 1,178.
Superintendent Susan Salvaggio also thanked voters for their support.
“Niskayuna is a great place to live, work and go to school, and that is the direct result of the support of our community,” Salvaggio said in a statement. “We appreciate the community’s participation and support. It is not something the district takes for granted, and it will continue to be essential as we navigate these difficult economic times for our schools.”
Incumbent Board of Education members Barbara Mauro (1,606 votes) and Robert Winchester(1,451 votes) were elected to a new three-year terms. Diane Geurin (1,336 votes) and Kevin Laurilliard (1,397 votes) had challenged the incumbents.
Mohonasen residents voted to approve the district’s 2012-13 budget with 1,082 votes cast in favor and 589 votes cast against it. The $44.1 million budget carries a 2.75 percent spending increase over the current year and a 2.3 percent increase in the tax levy.
“First of all, I want to thank everyone who came out and voted on this rainy day. In this challenging environment, every vote truly mattered,” Superintendent Kathleen Spring said in a statement. “This budget represents a real effort to preserve our core, so we have something to build from and can continue to provide a sound education to our students. As I’ve said before, we are very fortunate to live in a community where people recognize the value of their schools.”