Wednesday, May 20, 2015

School Vote Results

The School Boards Association reports that 98.6 percent of all state school budgets passed. The exceptions tended to be those districts that tried to get the 60 percent required to exceed the tax cap, notably Tioga, which went out with a proposed 30 percent tax levy increase. But even in Tioga, a simple majority supported the budget! It appears that although so-called "failing schools" remains a motif in the news, the people who vote still support their local schools.

Locally, every proposition passed. Among interesting results on school boards: A former teacher's aide and two former teachers were the highest vote-getters in Dryden and Ithaca, as Joan Stock took a seat for the first time on the Dryden board, and Moira Lang and Jen Curley ousted incumbents for seats on the Ithaca board. The astonishing Carmon Molino, the 2015 TST BOCES award recipient for exemplary board service (and longevity on the board!), garned more than twice the votes of the other winner in Groton's board race (a write-in!). Longtime former president of the Newfield School Board, Linda Korbel, will return to that board after several years away. A write-in candidate, Michelle Wright, won a seat in Trumansburg with more votes than were earned by some winners in Newfield and Groton.

Here are the board members as of July 2015. An asterisk indicates an incumbent. Unless otherwise specified, all terms are three years long.

Paul Lutwak* (1 yr.)Carmon Molino*Jen CurleyAziza Benson*Linda KorbelDouglas Ann Land*
Lawrence Lyon*Matthew DeMatteoMoira LangJulie Boles*William Scott JacksonMichelle Wright
William Harding* Ann Reichlin   
Joan Stock Sean Eversley Bradwell* (2 yr.)  

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