Voters approve $51.2M school budget, elect three BOE members


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

The budget vote and board of education elections were held May 17. File photo

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Voters approved the $52.1 million budget for the 2022-23 school year when they went to the polls May 17.

The budget passed with a sizable number of “yes” votes, with 620 in favor of the budget and 305 opposed, or 67% of the vote approving.

The budget, in the amount of $51,256,929, represents an increase in spending of $2,619,628, or 5.39%, compared to the 2021-22 school year.

“As part of this plan, the district will utilize $1.6 million from the fund balance to mitigate the impact on taxpayers, resulting in a tax levy increase of 2%,” according to a statement from the district.

Three board of education seats were up for grabs this election. Candidate Michael Deyo was the biggest vote getter of the night with 553 votes. Also winning seats on the board were Edward Bedinotti with 431 votes and Jennifer Molino with 409 votes.

Voters also approved three propositions. The $2.3 million capital improvement project was approved by a margin of 571 in favor and 350 against. The bus replacement proposition was approved with 617 “yes” votes and 308 “no” votes. The proposition to fund the repair reserve by $500,000 was approved by a vote of 651 to 266.

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