Voters Easily Pass School Budgets Throughout County

Chautauqua County residents voted to decide the future of their respective school districts. All but one school district approved its 2019-20 school budget Tuesday night.

JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT

Residents approved the $90.682,678 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 367 to 70. The total tax levy of $14,641,567 remained flat from the 2018-19 school year.

The community also approved the lease and purchase of school buses by a vote of 386 to 48.

Board of Education candidates Joseph Pawelski and Patrick Slagle received 394 votes and 389 votes, respectively.

“We’re very pleased and very grateful that the community overwhelming with a five to one margin voted in support of the school budget this year. It’s a great message,”said Superintendent Bret Apthorpe.

SOUTHWESTERN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $29,207,170 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 268 to 106. The total tax levy of $13,026,878 increased 1.5 percent from the 2018-19 school year.

The community also approved the purchases of two 66-passenger buses, one 60-passenger bus, one 30-passenger bus, and one six-passenger vehicle totalling $496,935 by a vote of 286 to 87.

District residents also approved the establishment of a capital improvements reserve fund not to exceed $5,000,000 by a vote of 275 to 101.

Board of Education candidate Correy Miller received 310 votes.

FALCONER CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $23,744,167 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 145 to 32.. The total tax levy of $7,014,497 increased .11 percent from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Tracy Schrader received 144 votes, Marcella Centi received 127 votes and Robert Carpenter received 111 votes.

BEMUS POINT CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $15,841,689 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 250 to 50. The total tax levy of $8,760,191 remained flat from the 2018-19 school year.

The district’s bus proposition also passed by a vote of 259 to 46.

A planned capital project was also approved by a vote of 257 to 52.

Board of Education candidates Brian Whalen and Barry Swanson were voted into office with 149 votes 201 votes, respectively. Robbert Lucas and Steven Wascher received 100 votes and 133 votes, respectively.

BROCTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $17,107,201 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 168 to 50. The tax levy totalled $4,790,457, a 1 percent increase from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates received Matthew Brady received 147 votes, Neil Huber received 157 votes and Beth Jagoda received 103 votes.

CASSADAGA VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $24,047,251 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 247 to 52. The total tax levy of $5,320,994 increased 2.94 percent from the 2018-19 school year.

Board member candidates Jeanne Oag and Michael Johnson received 173 votes and 128 votes, respectively.

The community approved purchases of three 60-passenger school buses by a vote of 245 to 52.

Additionally, district residents approved the establishment of a transportation reserve by a vote of 241 to 56.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $23,099,112 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 298 to 84. The total tax levy of $12,015,988 increased 2 percent from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Kenneth Shearer received 239 votes, Andrea Munsee-Wellman received 257 votes and Deborah Cross-Fuller received 193 votes.

CLYMER CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents denied the $11,495,924 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 580 to 459 short of the super majority approval rating of 60 percent.. The total tax levy of $4,853,194 increased 13.29 percent from the 2018-19 school year.

The community approved the purchase of one 65-passenger bus and related equipment totalling $118,000 by a vote of 647 to 381.

Board of Education candidates Carole Siverling received 526 votes, Willowe Neckers received 294 votes and Jordan Wade received 65 votes.

DUNKIRK CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $47,847,549 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 184 to 53. The total tax levy of $9,966,642 remained flat from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Robert Bankoski received 171 votes, Betsy Ramos received 171 votes and Julie Stone received 177 votes.

FORESTVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $13,153,634 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 126 to 35. The total tax levy of $3,969,051 increased 2.31 percent from the 2018-19 school year.

The community also approved the purchase of a school transportation vehicle by a vote of 133 to 28.

Board of Education candidate Mervin Fry received 135 votes.

District residents also approved an energy performance contract by a vote of 136 to 25.

FREDONIA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $30,306,737 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 416 to 87. The tax levy totalled 16,059,354, remaining flat from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Lisa Powell Fortna and Thomas Hawk received 423 votes and 384 votes, respectively.

FREWSBURG CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $17,775,530 2019-20 school budget by vote of 166 to 52. The total tax levy $5,543,902 increased 2.66 percent from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Randall Wiltsie received 185 votes, Polly Hanson received 181 votes and John Spacht received 181 votes.

The community also approved the purchase of buses by a vote of 167 to 50.

District residents also approved a capital improvements project by a vote of 164 to 54.

An energy performance improvements project was passed by a vote of 179 to 37.

An expenditure from the capital improvements reserve fund was approved by a vote of 167 to 48.

PANAMA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $12,904,396 2019-20 school budget by vote of 148 to 16. The total tax levy of $3,464,980 remained flat from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Jen Daniels received 111 votes, Carrie Munsee received 100 votes and Kyle Rhoades received 94 votes.

PINE VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $17,140,656 2019-20 school budget by vote of 184 to 139. The total tax levy of $3,343,147 remained flat from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Lawrence Zollinger received 227 votes, Joshua Howard received 226 votes, Terry Howe received 188 votes, James Fisher received 105 votes, Angelo Graziano received 133 votes, Patricia Krenzer received 162 votes, Rose Kruszka received 179 votes and Gerald Clapp received 211 votes.

The community approved a board of education student representative by a vote of 249 to 74.

RIPLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $9,399,854 2019-20 school budget by vote of 195 to 131. The total tax levy of $1,888,023 increased 1.43 percent from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Peter Dorman received 222 votes, Paul McCutcheon received 219 votes and Michael Boll received 169 votes.

SHERMAN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $10,419,630 2019-20 school budget by vote of 187 to 44. The total tax levy of $2,655,011 increased 1.90 percent from the 2018-19 school year.

Two vehicle purchase totalling $263,120 was approved by a vote of 182 to 50.

Board of Education candidates Brian Bates received 116 votes and Joe DeLellis received 111 votes. Bates was elected to a five-year term.

SILVER CREEK CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $24,845,381 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 231 to 69. The total tax levy of $6,338,716 increased 2.42 percent increase from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Matthew Bogosian received 269 votes and Stephen Boothe received 227 votes.

The community also passed a vehicle purchase for the capital reserve for vehicles by a vote of 251 to 50.

WESTFIELD ACADEMY AND CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Residents approved the $16,470,518 2019-20 school budget by a vote of 442 to 107. The total tax levy of $6,105,926 remained flat from the 2018-19 school year.

Board of Education candidates Karan Foti received 221 votes, Thomas Tarpley received 317 votes and Wendy Dyment received 453.

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