School budget, candidate votes are May 21
YATES, STEUBEN COUNTIES:
The Penn Yan, Dundee, and Hammondsport school districts will hold budget votes and board candidate elections Tuesday, May 21, from noon to 8 p.m.
Penn Yan is proposing a $32,648,597 budget with a 2.54 percent tax levy increase. This budget will support programs for 70 clubs and 45 teams. Dundee’s proposed budget is $15,069,549. The tax levy increase is 2.8 percent for 2013-14.
Hammondsport’s budget is $12,463,818 and includes funding for a school resource officer and two addition positions. It cuts no programs. The proposed tax levy increase is 2.14 percent.
For more on the school budgets, see the related stories on page 2 in our May 15 printed edition.
Penn Yan has the only contested election of the three schools. Incumbents Jeff Bray, Kathy Guenther and Jeff Morehouse are all seeking reelection. Phyllis Record and David Willson are also running for election.
The three Dundee board candidates, Paul Brown, James Koehler and Kristen VanValkenburg are all seeking reelection unopposed. Hammondsport has only one candidate on the ballot: incumbent Jim Zimar. For board candidate profiles, see page 3 in our May 15 printed edition.
In order to vote, people must be 18 years of age or older, legal U.S. citizen, and a resident of the school district for at least 30 days prior to the election.
The Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts will hold budget elections and board candidate votes Tuesday, May 21.
Watkins Glen is proposing a $23,350,020 budget for the 2013-14 school year. This equals a 4.82 percent tax levy increase. The budget also includes cutting a high school guidance counselor and elementary teacher position.
Odessa’s proposed budget equals $15,149,680 and is actually down $99,764 from the current year. However, Odessa-Montour is raising the tax levy by 2 percent. The budget has no staff cuts and does not use reserve funds.
For more on the Watkins and Odessa budgets, see the related stories on page 2 in our May 15 printed edition.
Both districts also have contested school board elections. Watkins has two seats open: Brian O’Donnell and Joseph Fazzary are not seeking reelection. There are five candidates vying for election: Mark Franzese, Kristin Hazlitt, Tom Lewis, Heidi Pike, and Barbara Schimizzi. The Watkins vote will take place in the district office lobby, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Odessa also has two open board seats. The candidates are Sharon Lewis, Wendy Shutter, Robert Tuttle, and incumbent Scott Westervelt. Odessa’s vote is from noon to 8 p.m. at H.A. Hanlon elementary school, room 12.
For board candidate profiles, see page 3 in our May 15 printed edition.