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Budget, Bus Prop Approved; McCabe, Siwicki, Maloney, & McDonald Elected

 

Please note: All vote counts are unofficial and will be verified tomorrow.

 By a vote of 7,570 to 3,642, Greece Central School District voters approved a $240,685,600 spending plan for the 2020-21 school year. With a budget-to-budget increase of 1.43%, the budget remains within the state’s tax levy limit and carries a projected tax rate of $24.63 per $1,000 of assessed value.

 “The budget approved tonight reflects our commitment to focus on what matters,” said Superintendent Kathleen Graupman. “We’re grateful to the voters and thank the entire community for their support of Greece schools.”

 By a vote of 7,126 in favor and 4,044 against, voters approved a bus purchase proposition that authorizes the district to purchase up to 25 replacement buses at a cost not to exceed $2,390,426. Of that amount, $805,000 will come from the district’s previously established bus purchase reserve fund. The remaining cost will be spread out over five years and is not expected to further impact the tax rate.

 In the seven-person race for four seats on the Board of Education, voters selected incumbents Sean McCabe (6,899 votes), John Siwicki (6,832 votes), and William Maloney (6,575 votes) and newcomer Ryan McDonald (5,201).

 McCabe, Siwicki, and Maloney will serve three-year terms and McDonald will serve the remaining year of the term vacated by former Board member Mary Caitlin Wight. All four begin their duties on July 1, 2020.

 This year’s vote was unusual in that no in-person voting was permitted. Instead, due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, Governor Cuomo ordered all New York State school districts to host the vote by absentee ballot only.