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2017-18 Budget News  

Watervliet voters approve 2017-18 school budget, elect two to school board


Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the proposed $26.7 million budget for the 2017-18 school year by a margin of 79 percent, or 277 yes votes and 75 no votes.

Two candidates were successful in their bid for seats on the Board of Education. Mary Beth Whited was elected to the school board with 172 votes, and Steven Hoffman who received the second highest number with 171 votes will serve three-year terms on the Board of Education beginning July 1.

“The board is extremely grateful for the community’s support,” Board of Education President Mark Scully said. “We thank everyone who participated in the process and came out to vote today.”

The 2017-18 budget reflects a 2 percent overall spending increase compared to the current year’s budget, and maintains all academic programs and instructional support. Next year’s budget also increases support for English Language Learners and special education students, expands opportunities for career and technical education through BOCES for high school students, and preserves extracurricular programs for students.

The budget yields a tax levy increase of 0.7 percent, which is slightly below the district’s tax levy limit under New York’s tax “cap” law. As such, a simple majority of voters was needed to approve the budget.

The bus lease proposition also passed 293 yes to 55 no votes.

The Watervliet Public Library proposition was approved: 226 yes to 127 no votes.