May 20, 2014
Niskayuna Central School District voters on Tuesday approved the 2014-15
school budget, with 2,595 casting votes in favor of the $77.3 million spending
plan and 1,230 opposed.
Voters also approved the bus purchase proposition and elected David Apkarian and Rosemarie Perez Jaquith to the Board of Education. The vote count on the bus proposition was 2,507 in favor and 1,298 opposed.
The results, announced at Niskayuna High School shortly after the polls closed, showed 68 percent of the 3,825 total voters supported the budget. The spending plan called for a tax levy increase of 2.34 percent, which is below the district's limit of 4.52 percent, as set by the state's tax cap formula. The budget maintains all current student programs.
"I want to thank everyone who took the time to come vote today," Interim Superintendent John Yagielski said. "We care about the views of all residents, and the strength of the district depends upon community involvement. We are grateful for the community's support today, but district leaders do not take it for granted. We will work hard to continue to earn that support as we write the next chapter of Niskayuna Schools."
Below are the vote totals for the three candidates who sought the two open Board of Education seats. The 3-year terms to which Apkarian and Jaquith were elected on Tuesday will begin on July 1, 2014. Board members are community volunteers.
David Apkarian - 2,621
Rosemarie Perez Jaquith - 2,425
Deborah Oriola - 1,437