Tony Grocki hands over his ballot to his daughter, Clare, at Guilderland Elementary School on Tuesday, May 21. Voters approved Guilderland's budget by more than 60 percent, but turnout continued to decline.
Photo by John Purcell.
continued Guilderland state aid projections total more than $21.4 million, which is around $374,000 more than what was originally expected.
The Board of Educated opted to use the influx of state aid to restore several cuts proposed within the superintendent’s budget. Restorations included a middle school enrichment teacher, 0.5 FTE middle school special education teacher, 2.25 FTE special education teaching assistants, 1.45 FTE unassigned teaching positions and a summer school nurse at the high school. All assistant coaching positions, along with JV golf, were also restored.
An uncontested Guilderland Board of Education race saw three incumbents reelected: Gloria Towle-Hilt (1,789 votes), Colleen O’Connell (1,783 votes) and Barbara Fraterrigo (1,765 votes).
Alice O’Neill, a Guilderland resident and South Colonie school teacher, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has “no idea of the ramifications” cuts to education funding are having on schools. She said the tax cap is a “ridiculous thing.”
“(Cuomo) is not a fan of education,” O’Neill said. “He doesn’t seem to understand that public schools educate everyone and they are actually doing a really good job.”
South Colonie Central School District successfully presented a 2013-14 budget exceeding the tax cap.