7:50 PM: Jamestown School Board Makes Budget Vote Official

P-J file photo by Jordan W. Patterson

The Jamestown School Board on Wednesday canvassed the 2018-19 school budget vote, making the results of Tuesday’s vote official. District voters approved the $86,228,702 budget with 419 in favor and 62 against.

“It is a budget that is very much married to future plans of the district, and it is reflective of some significant improvements we want to make in programming and of course also results,” said Paul Abbott, board president. “I’m very excited about a lot of the aspects of (the budget).”

Voters also approved a capital reserve improvements fund of $2 million for future projects with districts residents voting 427 in favor and 61 against.

Superintendent Bret Apthorpe explained that the fund would cover the local share costs of future capital projects at a previous board meeting.

Nina Karbacka and Daniel Johnson also retained their board positions with voters approving their appointing with 407 and 360 voters, respectively.

Additionally, the district approved the creation of a student ex officio member of the board of education with 430 votes in favor and 87 votes against.

Apthorpe echoed Abbott’s comments and thanked the members of the community that participated in voting Tuesday. The 2018-19 approved budget maintains a flat tax levy while preparing the district to introduce upcoming programs for future school years.

Apthorpe and district officials have frequently discussed introducing a Success Academy at the Rogers Elementary Building that has been described as a year-round program that will help students with education as well as life skills. Apthorpe also said the academy will help students who are dealing with trauma.

Additionally, the superintendent said the approved budget will help the district create a summer literacy program for students in grades K-6.

As for the “significant improvement” to programming Abbott mentioned, the district has planned meetings with local businesses and colleges to align curriculum as to create a pathway for local employment after graduation.

See tomorrow’s edition of The Post-Journal for complete coverage.