By Jennifer Kiefl
The Jamesville-DeWitt School District held its budget hearing May 12 at its Board of Education meeting. In addition to the budget, residents will vote on two propositions and elect three new board members for a three-year term.
Superintendent Dr. Alice Kendrick said the budget was the result of months of review and analysis, and that the board was committed to the students and their artistic, social, emotional and physical growth.
The proposed 2008-2009 budget is $45,719,387 -- a 4.9 percent increase from the current budget and a tax increase of .5 percent. The cost for things such as health insurance, diesel fuel and retirement increased, and the district's technology program and enrollment are also growing.
The first proposition is the purchase of four 65-passenger school buses at a total cost of $364,293.
The second proposition involves giving the DeWitt Community Library $1,034,000. Director Susan Reckhow said the library is home to many programs and activities for community members of all ages to enjoy and that 2008 has been an exciting year so far in their new location -- the old Bon-Ton at Shoppingtown Mall.
The four candidates running for school board positions are Thomas Taylor, Deborah Borenstein, Samuel Young and Scott Whipple. Young, who joked about being the youngest member of the board, was elected in 2002 and said he is a strong, independent voice on the board. Borenstein has served on the board for three years and said that it will be beneficial for the district if she could serve again. Currently the president of the board, Taylor said that it is the most complex organization he has worked in, and has been a member for six years as well. Whipple, who is not an incumbent, always said he would take the opportunity to give back to the educational system that got him to where he is today, which is why he is running for a spot on the board.
Voting will take place between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 20 in the Jamesville-DeWitt High School gymnasium.
Jennifer Kiefl is a contributing writer for the Eagle Newspapers.