Skaneateles budget OK'd, Krieger and Lambdin on BOE

The numbers are in -- and Skaneateles residents have once again shown their support of the Skaneateles Central School District despite tough financial times.

After the polls closed Tuesday May 18 and the votes were counted, Superintendent Phil D'Angelo reported that 1,045 residents voted in favor of the $28,765,843 budget; 569 voters were in opposition.

"It's a definite relief. This was a huge voter turnout," D'Angelo said, adding that approximately 1,600 people voted on this year's rainy election day. "I'm very pleased. I think the turnout speaks volumes."

There was also a large number of absentee ballots turned in to the district.

Proposition II, a proposal calling for the purchase of two buses to replace two vehicles in the school's current fleet, was also approved with 919 "yes" votes and 693 "no."

With both propositions being approved by the voters, it is evident the residents support Skaneateles' schools, something D'Angelo said the community needs to do.

Several residents at a May 4 informational meeting on the budget asked how they can become more involved with the process. Aside from trying to attend more meetings, D'Angelo said Board of Education meetings will be recorded and available for viewing on the school's website, skanschools.org.

By offering that information on the Web, the district will be able to help increase and heighten awareness among the district. It also gives resident's the chance to plan their attendance at meetings if they know something is going on and wish to speak to the board about it.

"We want to make sure we continue good dialogue [with the community]," he said.

The district also will continue seeing familiar faces at Board of Education meetings as incumbent D. Keith Krieger was re-elected with 1,001 votes. Gary Robinson, who did not run for re-election this term, will be replaced by Thomas Lambdin, who has become somewhat of a fixture at board meetings. He brought in 837 votes.

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