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2018-19 Budget News  

Watervliet voters approve 2018-19 school budget, elect two to school board


Watervliet City School District residents Tuesday approved the $27.4 million budget for the 2018-19 school year with 226 yes votes to 77 no votes.

Two candidates were successful in their bid for seats on the Board of Education. Incumbent Heather Soroka was elected to the school board with 209 votes, and Amanda Cavanaugh who received the second highest number with 132 votes will serve three-year terms on the Board of Education beginning July 1.

“The board is extremely grateful for the community’s support,” Board of Education President Sheri Senecal said. “We thank everyone who participated in the process and came out to vote today.”

The 2018-19 budget reflects a 2.69 percent overall spending increase compared to the current year’s budget, and maintains all academic programs and instructional support. Next year’s budget also expands opportunities for career and technical education through BOCES for high school students, increases support for struggling students, and preserves extracurricular programs for students.

The budget yields a tax levy increase of 2.03 percent, which is below the district’s limit as determined by the state’s tax “cap” law. As such, a simple majority of voters was needed to approve the budget.