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School budget votes set for Tuesday throughout region

School budget votes set for Tuesday throughout region

On Tuesday, May 21st, citizens from all around the state and region will cast their votes for school board members and school budgets.

The state concluded its budget plan for the upcoming year a month ago, and it includes $35.3 billion in overall education aid—$475.7 million more than Governor Hochul had suggested in January 2024.

According to New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) spokesperson Al Martin, the decisions about how your community’s children are educated and how your tax money are spent are made by your local school board. Electing school board members is an easy yet effective method to uplift your community and encourage student achievement.

The Senate and the Assembly have enacted proposals to raise school aid by $1.3 billion in the 2024–25 school year, including $934 million in foundation aid and full funding of expense-based aids, in accordance with an agreement with the Governor. Crucially, no school district will be denied foundation aid in 2024–25 compared to what it received in the current academic year (a tradition known as hold harmless or save harmless).

The vast majority of New Yorkers have backed school budgets in recent years. Voters last year approved almost 98.5 percent of proposed school district budgets, according to the NYSSBA. 62 percent of the school board candidates that won were, according to NYSSBA data, incumbents from the prior year. In 2022, incumbents made up roughly 58% of the successful candidates.

“It is imperative that every eligible voter casts a ballot,” stated Brian Monahan, the superintendent of schools for Minisink Valley. Everybody has incredibly low voter turnout, and these incredibly low turnouts determine the outcome of the vote, which affects a district’s curriculum, sports, and extracurricular activities for the kids in their neighborhood for the following school year. We invite everyone who has a stake in the future of our school district to cast a ballot because we have been open and honest about every part of this budget process.

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