Voters in the Florida, Greenwood Lake and Warwick school districts approved school budgets in all three local school district’s on Tues., May 16.
In the Florida Free Union School District, voters approved the $21,231,803 budget for the 2017-18 school year with 459 yes votes and 174 no votes. Howard Cohen was elected to the one open seat on the school board for a three-year term with 337 votes, while Matthew Mulhare received 289 votes.
In the Greenwood Lake Union Free School District, voters approved the $25,693,920 budget with 196 yes votes and 129 no votes. Kevin Tuhy who received 252 votes and Mary Lally with 175 votes were elected to the two available seats on the school board for a three-year term. Ron Sommer received 156 votes.
Voters also approved “Proposition II” on the ballot with 192 yes votes and 135 no votes that allows the School District to establish a capital reserve fund known as the ‘Districtwide Improvements and Bus Purchase Capital Reserve Fund’ which will pay all or a portion of the costs of repairs and improvements to the District’s buildings and facilities, including site work as well as the purchase of school buses.
Voters in the Warwick Valley Central School District approved the District’s proposed 2017-18 budget of $89,903,879 with 1,289 yes votes and 519 no votes. In addition, they elected Robert Howe, 832; John Garcia, 819; and Dory Masefield, 765, to the three seats available on the School Board for a three-year term.
Five other candidates received the following votes: Erin Maxcy, 739; Neil Sinclair, 568; Greg D’Ambrosio, 412; Lisa Kevins, 338; and John Ihnachak, 241.
Voters approved a proposition allowing the School District to purchase five buses with 1,050 yes votes and 716 no votes. They also approved a second proposition allowing the School District to establish a Capital Reserve Fund to be designated ‘Bus Purchase Reserve Fund’ in order to purchase buses and other transportation vehicles with 1,205 yes votes and 582 no votes.