District reports 1,100 more votes cast this year
A slim budget with unpopular cuts would have made good for a year with high voter turnout against the budget's approval.
Instead, the North Syracuse Central School District had an increase of registered voters and a 65-percent approval for the 2010-11 budget that totaled $135,467,060. Among the votes, 1,908 community members voted in favor and 948 voted in opposition of the budget.
Last year, 1,838 people voted while the polls served 2,919 voters this year. The district also reported approximately 1,000 new voters this year.
The success of the voter turnout was "bittersweet," said Dr. Jerome Melvin, superintendent of North Syracuse Schools. Melvin said this year's voter turnout was the highest since 1995 when almost 4,000 people voted.
The bittersweet thoughts came from a message from the State Education Department that Melvin shared with the Star-Review.
In a memo to districts across the state, Commissioner of Education David M. Steiner said, "Allow me to offer sincere congratulations to those of you whose budgets were successfully passed Allow me to also offer my understanding that this is a bittersweet victory."
"I was very pleased with the voter turnout," Melvin said. "If you think about all the people who lost their jobs, people still said we didn't cut enough."
With one of the toughest budgets passed, Melvin said the turnout helped the Board of Education see the solid support from the community.
Melvin said this year's voter turnout was the highest since 1995 when almost 4,000 people voted.
"People really came out to support the district," Melvin said. "The two voting sites' turnout was impressive."
At the northern polling place at Cicero Elementary School, 1,552 people voted and 1,280 voted at the district office.
The district also noticed that 2,919 registered voters participated this year, but only 2,856 voted on the budget. Also, there were 24 absentee votes toward the budget vote.
More election results
The busing proposition was passed with 1,908 in favor and 948 in opposition.
The Salina Free Library budget was passed with 108 in favor and 71 in opposition.
The following were elected to the North Syracuse Board of Education: Patrick Svoboda, Sandra DiBianco and Catherine Cifaratta-Brayton.