Gloversville school voters OK budget

GLOVERSVILLE – Gloversville Enlarged School District voters Tuesday approved a $61.7 million budget, which includes a tax-levy increase of 1.66 percent.

Residents approved the 2014-15 budget in a 461-176 vote.

District officials said the budget calls for a spending increase of 5.4 percent, or about $3.1 million.

The tax-levy increase is $228,201, which is below the state-imposed tax cap set for the Gloversville district. The total levy is $14 million. State aid will cover 64.5 percent of the 2014-15 budget.

The proposal will bring new technology to the district, such as wireless Internet in the buildings. The district also said the budget will ramp up its literacy efforts, buy equipment for its middle school pre-engineering program and offer business and marketing courses in the high school.

The budget maintains all academic programs, adds new courses and reinstates programs that were cut in previous years.

The approved budget also introduces instrumental music lessons for fourth-graders, reinstates seventh- and eighth-grade modified sports and adds intramurals for fourth- and fifth-graders.

“Regardless of how you voted, the district appreciates that residents came out to have their voices heard regarding our schools,” Superintendent Michael Vanyo said.

School board elections

Residents of the district also elected school board incumbents Richard Carlson, who received 399 votes, and E. Lynn Brown, who received 440 votes, and newcomer Paula Brown-Weinstock, who garnered 388 votes. They will serve three-year terms.

Brown-Weinstock said after the vote count she is pleased to be elected.

“I look forward to helping the board continue with the improvements they are making in the district,” Brown-Weinstock said. “I will do my best to reach out to all the constituents to get their feedback.”

Incumbent Jean LaPorta, who received 378 votes, and Jennifer Pomeroy, who received 294 votes, also ran for the three open school board seats.

The district changed the polling places this year to Gloversville High School and the Bleecker Town Hall. Vanyo said the district is open to any feedback on how it could improve the voting process next year.