Voters choose new Penn Yan board member, vote down Curtiss school sale
TRI-COUNTY AREA—Residents voted to approve all area school district budgets for 2011-12, Tuesday, May 17.
The only contested school board race in Penn Yan resulted in newcomer Renee Bloom being elected. There were three seats open. Incumbents Nancy Scher and Anita Maroscher got 809 and 710 votes respectively. Bloom got the third seat with 587 votes. Mike VanWormer had 554 votes and was not reelected. Penn Yan's budget was approved, 771 yes to 282 no.
Hammondsport also had a contested item on the ballot. Residents voted down, 633 to 221, the sale of the Curtiss school to the town of Urbana. Dennis Carlson was elected to the board with 632 votes. The budget passed, 548 yes to 255 no.
Hours after district voters rejected sale of the 1936 Curtiss Memorial School to Urbana, Hammondsport Board of Education met on May 19 to consider their next steps.
Superintendent Kyle Bower said that the board voted to delay re-listing the property for sale on two grounds. First, they want clarification from the state and from the district solicitor on the impact new state rules will have on proceeds.
State aid reimburses the district over time for work done on the building in the past. Under new rules, it appears that remaining state aid commitments would be canceled.
The second reason, Bower said, was to solicit community feedback. The board has scheduled a community forum on the topic for 6:15 PM on July 13. Members expect that by the July board meeting they will have responses on school aid from the state and the solicitor.
The Watkins Glen budget was approved, 374 to 335. There were three open seats on the school board. Gloria Brubaker and Kevin Field got 558 votes each, and Tom Richardson had 550 votes.
Dundee's school budget was passed, 215 to 63. Residents voted the following to the school board: James Hill, 229; Joseph Capurso, 224; and John Frederick, 217.
Odessa residents approved the budget, 184 to 107. Incumbent Debra Harrington was reelected with 208 votes. Newcomer Bill Schwenk was also elected, 215 votes.