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  • Budgets, boards of education ready for May 15 vote

  • Voters will head to the polls on May 15 to decide who will represent them on their district’s school boards throughout the Mohawk Valley. Several of the boards have incumbents who will not see opposition, while others have multiple candidates. Besides voting on board members, voters will also have to decide on their school district’s proposed budget and other propositions.

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  • Voters will head to the polls on May 15 to decide who will represent them on their district’s school boards throughout the Mohawk Valley. Several of the boards have incumbents who will not see opposition, while others have multiple candidates. Besides voting on board members, voters will also have to decide on their school district’s proposed budget and other propositions.
    • Dolgeville — Three candidates will compete for one, five-year term on the board of education. Incumbent Robert Maxwell will run against Terry Williams and Shannon Martyniuk.
    Voters will also decide on a $18,178,004 spending plan, which represents a 1.33 percent increase over the current budget. It includes a projected two percent tax levy increase.
    There will be a second proposition for voters, where they will decide on transportation for grades K-2. Currently, the school transports kindergartners and first-graders living within a one-mile radius of the school.
    • Fort Plain — All three incumbents will run to stay on the school board, but will have different year terms depending on the number of votes they receive. The incumbents are Louis R. Capece, Mary Beth Hudyncia and James A. Petty, Jr. Two of the seats are for three year terms and the other is for a one year term. The one with the least amount of votes will have the one year term, which is to fill out the unexpired term of another board member who resigned.
    Voters will also decide on a $18.6 million spending plan, with a projected tax levy increase of just under one percent.
    • Frankfort-Schuyler — Lisa LoRe, the incumbent for this year’s school board election, will be unopposed for the one seat that is open. LoRe, who has been on the board for 10 years, has spent the last nine years as the board vice president. The term is a five-year position.
    Voters will also decide on a $17,369,445 spending plan.
    • Herkimer — Both incumbents for the school board will run again to keep their seats. John Cipriano, board president, and Anthony Brindisi will be unopposed for the three-year terms.
    Voters in Herkimer will also decide on a $20,151,875 spending plan, which includes a two percent tax levy increase. They will also decide on whether the board should purchase two school buses for a total of $210,000 and to levy taxes for $90,000 for Frank J. Basloe Library.
    • Ilion — The two incumbents running for the school board seats will be unopposed. Stephen Coupe and Deanna Stubley will run again for a five-year term on the board which will begin on July 1.
    Voters in Ilion will also decide on a $27,543,210 spending plan, which is an increase of 3.94 percent from the current year’s budget. It includes a two percent tax levy increase.
    • Little Falls — Four candidates will compete for three vacancies. William Dodge, Anthony Giaquinto, Christine Shepardson and Michael Weiner have all filed petitions with the school district. Dodge is the only incumbent in the group. Richard Salamone chose not to run for re-election.
    Page 2 of 3 - The top two vote-getters will be appointed to three-year terms. The third top vote-getter will be appointed to a one-year seat to fill out the vacancy left by George Hebert when he resigned in October 2011.
    Voters in Little Falls will also decide on a $21,124,924 spending plan.
    There is also a bus proposition for a 20-seat passenger school bus, not to exceed $46,000.
    There is also a proposition for a tax levy for the Little Falls Public Library for $80,500, a two percent increase over the current year.
    • Mohawk — John Libritz and Jeffrey Sperl will face off for the seat made vacant by current board member Ronald Bunce, who chose not to run for re-election. Libritz was appointed to the school board in September 2003 to fill out an unexpired term. He was elected to serve in July 2004 for a five-year term which expired in June 2009.
    Voters in Mohawk will also have to decide on a $15,048,213 spending plan. It includes a 4.99 tax levy increase.
    • Mount Markham — With two seats open on the school board, only one person is running to keep his seat. Thomas Huxtable, incumbent, is running for the three-year term. The second school board position will be decided by write-in votes.
    Voters will also decide on a $24,721,425 spending plan and a library proposition which will include $47,481 for the West Winfield Library and the Bridgewater Free Library.
    • Oppenheim-Ephratah — There are six candidates competing for three seats. They are Cindy Breh, Bruce Carpenter, Ben Conte, Jennifer Fraiser, Cheryl Lynch and David Rackmyre, Jr. Frasier and Rackmyre are incumbents. The top two vote-getters will be appointed to three-year terms. The third highest vote-getter will serve for two years, to fill out the unexpired term of George Perry who resigned in January.
    Voters will also decide on a $8,495,590 spending plan, which shows a 4.5 percent increase from the current year’s budget.
    • Owen D. Young — No petitions were filed for the one vacant seat on the school board. Lawrence Snyder is not running for re-election for the three-year term. Voters will be able to instead write-in a candidate.
    Voters will also have to decide on four propositions.
    The budget proposition is for $5,455,873, which is a 1.44 percent increase from the current budget, and includes a 1.99 percent tax levy increase.
    There will also be a bus proposition, for the purchase of a 65-seat passenger bus. The district would bond for it at $99,000.
    Voters will also be asked to decide on establishing a repair reserve, which would not exceed $50,000. The board would use this money to make an emergency repair that is not part of a capital project.
    There will also be a proposition to change the way board members are elected. Board members are currently elected by competing for a particular seat. This proposition would change that to a voting-at-large system, where the candidates with the highest number of votes would be elected in to fill the vacancies.
    Page 3 of 3 - • Poland — Four candidates will compete for two seats on the school board. Petitions for Pamela Ahles, Michael Chauvin, Michele Szarek and Eric Tabor have been filed to run for the five-year terms. Incumbent Mark Domser will not run for school board this year. The other seat was left vacant after Wade Eckler resigned from the position in August.
    Voters will also decide on a $13,200,388 spending plan — a 0.72 percent increase from the current year’s spending plan. The 2012 - 13 budget includes a two percent tax levy increase.
    • Richfield Springs — Ruth Watson and Scot Mondore, both incumbents, will be unopposed for their seats which carry a three-year term.
    Voters will also decide on a $11,071,750 spending plan — a 0.53 percent increase from the current budget and includes a 1 percent tax levy increase.
    Also, voters will decide on a proposition that includes a tax levy of $6,000 for the Richfield Springs Public Library.
    • St. Johnsville — Incumbent Nan DeNinno will be up against challenger Ted Eggleston for a three-year term on the school board.
    Voters will also decide on a $8,725,325 spending plan, a decrease from the current year’s budget by $667,000.
    • West Canada Valley — Both incumbents will run to keep their seats on the school board. Melissa Bolton and Erin Roberts are unopposed in seeking to keep the three-year terms.
    Voters will also decide on a $14,224,000 spending plan, a 3.11 percent decrease — or a difference of $457,000 — from the current spending plan.
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