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Voters approve 2023-24 Washingtonville Central School District budget, elect Board of Education members

Voters approve 2023-24 Washingtonville Central School District budget, elect Board of Education members

Washingtonville Central School District’s 2023-2024 school year $124,356,502 budget was approved by voters on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, by an unofficial vote of 1,372 to 541. Three members were also elected to the district’s Board of Education.

The budget reflects a 2.85% tax levy increase, the total amount of local taxes that support the budget, and is within the allowable limits set by the New York State tax levy calculation, or “tax cap” as it is more commonly known. The district has been operating within its calculated state tax cap every year since its implementation in 2012. 

“We are so thankful to the community for approving next year’s budget,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Larry Washington. “This budget is essential for the continued success of our students.”

Overall, the budget reflects the school district’s commitment to providing high-quality education to students while also being fiscally responsible for taxpayers. The budget includes significant investments in teachers, special education programs, related services and technology, all of which are critical to achieving the school district’s goals. 

“The Board of Education and the administration brought forth a budget that was fiscally responsible for its taxpayers, that will still help students develop the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and character necessary to achieve success,” said Sharon Williams, Board of Education president.

Voters also considered a transportation proposition as part of the 10-year bus replacement plan which includes the purchase of nine, 72-passenger buses or $1,473,000. The proposition passed by an unofficial vote of 1,224 to 684. The District’s fleet replacement plan is designed to be the safest, most cost-effective and most predictable way to budget for District transportation.

Three Board of Education seats were open. Results are unofficial. Robin White, an incumbent board member, received 1,454 votes and will serve a three-year term (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2026). Two other terms were filled by write-in candidates – Daniel Luedke received 1,211 votes and will serve one full three-year term (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2026) and Laurisa Sampson received 1,041 votes and will serve a one-year term beginning on May 17, 2023 and serve until June 30, 2024.