Vote on school board seats, budgets, propositions slated for May 17 in Mid-Hudson Valley – Daily Freeman

School districts in the region on Tuesday, May 17, will conduct votes for budgets and elections to fill Board of Education seats.

In Ulster and Northern Dutchess counties, ballots will include the following:

• In Kingston, there’s a $203.12 million proposed budget for the 2022-23 school year representing a 3.64% increase of $7.14 million. Under the spending plan, there would be a $110.62 million property tax levy carrying a 2.98% increase of $3.2 million.

Three incumbents are being challenged by four first-time candidates for Board of Education seats carrying three-year terms. On the ballot will be incumbents Steven Spicer, Suzanne Jordan and James Michael, and Marie Anderson, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Malia Cordel, and James McCasland.

Voting will be 7 am to 8 pm in the district’s seven elementary schools. Information about specific locations is available at www.kingstoncityschools.org/domain/925.

• In Ellenville, there’s a $56.8 million 2022-23 spending plan carrying a 3.12% increase of $1.43 million. Under the budget, there would be a $26.22 million property tax levy carrying a 3% increase of $763,761.

Julius Collins, Jody Little, and Daniel C. McQuillan are running uncontested for three-year school board terms.

Voting will be from 8 am to 8 pm in the high school library at 28 Maple Ave.

• In Highland, there’s a $49 million 2022-23 budget with a 3.96% increase of $1.87 million. The spending plan would include a $30.64 million property tax levy with a 2.45% increase of $733,249. Also on the ballot will be a $322,000 proposition seeking approval to purchase a 65-passenger bus, a 30-passenger bus, a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, and a four-wheel-drive transportation vehicle.

Two incumbents are being challenged by a pair of newcomers for school board seats carrying three-year terms. Seeking the positions are Jeanine LaManna-Gemmell, incumbent Thomas Miller, Simone Stewart, and incumbent Susan Gilmore.

Voting will be from 6 am to 9 pm at Highland High School at 320 Pancake Hollow Road.

In Marlboro, there’s a $61.5 million proposed budget for 2022-23 carrying a 5.37% increase of $3.13 million. Under the spending plan, there would be a $33.12 million property tax levy representing a 6% decrease of $2.12 million.

Two Board of Education seats carrying three-year terms are being sought by Frank Milazzo, JoAnn Reed, Rebecca Boykin, Jeffrey Hacker, and Karen Brooks.

Voting will be from 6 am to 9 pm in the Marlboro Community Center at 21 Milton Turnpike.

• In New Paltz, there’s a $69 million budget for 2022-23 representing a 1.45% decrease of $1.01 million. Under the spending plan, there would be a $47.04 million property tax levy representing a 4.57% increase of $2.06 million.

An uncontested ballot for Board of Education seats carrying three-year terms will feature incumbent Bianca Tanis and former board member Matthew Williams.

Voting will be from 7 am to 9 pm in the high school gym at 130 South Putt Corners Road.

• Onteora will have a $59.99 million budget for 2022-23 carrying a 1.35% increase of $615,091. Under the spending plan, there would be a $46.1 million property tax levy representing a 2.05% increase of $1.21 million.

Also on the ballot will be a proposition seeking approval to spend up to $675,000 from the district capital reserve fund for the replacement of flooring in the school buildings, expansion and reconstruction of exterior site improvements at Onteora Middle/High School, and the acquisition of equipment , machinery, apparatus and incidental work.

Candidates seeking three school board seats carrying three-year terms are Leon Savage, Kristy Taylor, Joanna Drescher, Sarah Hemingway Lynch, and Meghann Reimondo.

Voting will be from 2 to 9 pm in the three district elementary schools.

• Rondout Valley will have a $71.48 million budget for 2022-23 representing a 6.78% increase of $4.54 million. Under the budget, there would be a $42.28 million property tax levy carrying a 5.26% increase of $2.11 million.

The ballot will also include a proposition seeking approval to establish a capital reserve account to pay for new projects. The account would be limited to $20 million over the coming 10 years if officials determine money is available during the budget process.

Incumbent Dawn VanKleeck is the only candidate on the ballot for a school board that has four seats available.

Voting will be from 7 am to 9 pm in the district office off of Kyserike Road.

• In Saugerties, there will be a $66.43 million budget for 2022023 representing a 0.17% decrease of $110,249. Under the spending plan, there would be a $42.5 million property tax levy representing a 2.36% increase of $981,517.

Candidates seeking three Board of Education seats carrying three-year terms are William Ball, Randi Kelder, Scott Polston, Christine Bellarosa, Danielle Carter, and Vincent McLaughlin.

Voting will be from 6 am to 9 pm in the four district elementary schools.

• In Wallkill, there will be a $81.71 million budget for 2022-23 representing a 2.99% increase of $2.37 million. Under the spending plan, there would be a $45.78 million property tax levy carrying a 2.5% increase of $1.12 million.

Approval is also being sought for a $43.8 million capital project that uses $10.56 million from a reserve fund with the $33.24 million balance raised through an increase in the property tax levy.

Three seats carrying three-year terms on the Board of Education are being sought by Kathryn Bayer, incumbents Joseph LoCicero and Dustin Palen, Ursula Petricek, and Clarence “Butch” VanLeuvan.

Voting will be from noon to 9 pm at Wallkill Senior High School, Leptondale Elementary School, and Plattekill Elementary School.

• In Red Hook, there will be a $57.77 million budget for 2022-23 carrying a 2.39% percent increase of $1.35 million. Under the spending plan, there would be a $36.69 million property tax levy with a 1.93% increase of $694,759. The figure is $361,135 below the state levy limit.

Propositions on the ballot will include a request for voter approval of school buses and a school vehicle at a cost not to exceed $450,000. The vehicles would be three 65-passenger buses at $360,000 and a maintenance vehicle at $90,000.

The ballot will have a separate proposition seeking to set the Red Hook Library levy at $196,400 for a 20.94% increase of $34,000. The funding would not be part of the school district spending plan. Another proposition requests that Tivoli Free Library be allowed to set its levy at $87,300 for a 2.59% increase of $2,200. This funding is also separate from the school district tax levy.

Three first-time candidates vying for school board seats carrying three-year terms are Kelly Borrelle, Fernando Dongo, and Kevin Storrs.

Voting will be from noon to 9 pm in Mill Road Elementary School on Mill Road.

• In Rhinebeck, there is a $37.24 million budget for 2022-23 carrying a 5.26% increase of $1.86 million. Under the spending plan, there would be a $31.99 million property tax levy representing a 1.69% increase of $530,643.

The ballot will also have a proposition seeking voter approval to establish a $1 million reserve account for repairs.

Four candidates are seeking three school board seats carrying three-year terms. On the ballot will be Mary-Kay Lombino, Dov Frankel, Juliet Gorman, and incumbent Steve Jenkins.

Voting will be from 2 to 9 pm in the middle school at 45 North Park Road.

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