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Saratoga County voters say yes in four school districts

Senior Ashley Purdy hits the exit polls after casting her budget vote, while fellow seniors Jessica Volin-Ruiz and Gary Older help her navigate the system.

Senior Ashley Purdy hits the exit polls after casting her budget vote, while fellow seniors Jessica Volin-Ruiz and Gary Older help her navigate the system. Photo by Julie Cushine-Rigg.

— Senior Ashley Purdy, 18, was directing voters and had cast her ballot earlier in the morning. She was there along with many other students including fellow seniors Jessica Volin-Ruiz and Gary Older as part of their participation in government class to perform community service.

School Pride Day was being celebrated at Ballston Spa and was to include an ice cream social, strawberry festival, art show and barbeque.

Williams said that the draws were an effort to “combine as many things as we can” since voters had to drive from within 65 miles to cast their ballots.

Three candidates were elected to the Board of Education. Kevin Schaefer received 1,532 votes, Christine Richardson took 1,666 votes and Nancy Fodera garnered 1,414 votes. Donna Miter garnered 1,384 votes.

Referendum results were: school vehicle replacement, 1,686 yes,756 no; Ballston Spa Public Library budget, 1,839 yes, 749 no; Ballston Area Recreation Commission budget 1,882 yes, 568 no.

Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Central School District

Voters approved a budget of $56.9 million.

According to Christy Multer, public relations officer for the district, the 71 percent approval margin was the highest in 30 years of district records.

Additional state aid, in the amount of $388,000 helped the district in the budgeting process, and under the new budget the tax levy will increase by 2.35 percent.

Two candidates ran uncontested for seats of the Board of Education. Elizabeth Herkenham garnered 1,756 votes, providing her with a fourth term, and James Maughan took 1,707 votes, giving him a second term.

A referendum for the purchase of buses at an estimated cost of$400,000 passed with 1,528 yes votes, and 670 no votes.

Shenendehowa Central School District

Voters approved a budget of $151.5 million.

A total of 3,239 yes votes and 1,432 no votes were cast.

The district was facing a $1.5 million budget gap, which was closed through reductions. The budget was below the maximum allowable tax levy increase allowed by the state tax law of 3.43 percent.

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