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CCSD 2012-13 budget approved, incumbents re-elected

Voters say ‘yes’ to proposed budget, bus purchases, library support

Cazenovia Central School District Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong prepares to read the results of the district vote on May 15 in the high school auditorium.

Cazenovia Central School District Assistant Superintendent Bill Furlong prepares to read the results of the district vote on May 15 in the high school auditorium. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— Seven hundred and sixty residents of the Cazenovia Central School District visited the high school auditorium on May 15 to cast their ballots for the 2012-13 proposed budget, the purchase of school buses, funding for area libraries and for four candidates vying for three seats on the board of education.

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Official Scorers Sara Mitchell, left, Patsy Hagan, Ethel Puzey and Raquel Huckans gather in front of polling stations on May 15 during CCSD voting in the high school auditorium.

The 2012-13 budget was passed, with a total of 592 “yes” votes over 159 “no.”

Proposition No. 2, regarding the purchase of four new school buses, was passed with a total of 591 “yes” votes over 164 “no.”

Proposition No. 3, authorizing a total tax levy of $517,453 for the Cazenovia Public Library and New Woodstock Free Library, was passed with a total of 580 “yes” votes over 174 “no.”

Current CCSD Board of Education members Karin Marris, Cindy Bell Tobey and Pat Vogl were re-elected for three-year terms, with 527, 540 and 534 votes, respectively. Nicole McLean received a total of 414 votes.

Marris was re-elected for a fourth term, having served on the board for the last nine years. “I really appreciate everyone who voted – especially for the incumbents – because I think we’re going to need a lot of experience coming up in the next few years with the way the budgets have been, and the economy,” she said. “I think we’ll do a good job, and I’m excited for the next three years.”

Tobey has served on the BOE for the last four years, and was happy to be re-elected for another term. “I would like to thank everybody who came out and voted today, it is much appreciated. It’s going to be a tough next three years, but I think we’re all up for the challenge.”

Vogl was also re-elected for a fourth term, having served on the board for the last nine years — two of which as president. “I’m glad that the school budget, bus purchases and library support passed. Those are all very important,” he said. “I’m also glad to be back on the board with the other incumbent candidates; we all get along very well, and work together as a team. We have our differences, but at the end of the day, it’s all in the best interest of the school.

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