Budget passes, three elected to school board in Skaneateles

The Skaneateles Central School District’s 2013-14 operating budget and a proposition to purchase two new buses were both passed by a public vote held at Waterman Elementary School on Tuesday, May 21.

The three seats on the Board of Education up for vote were won by Thomas Lambdin, Margaret Usdansky Niebuhr and Geralyn Huba.

After the polls closed at 9 p.m. and 40 absentee ballots were counted, Board of Education President Evan Dreyfuss read the results of the two propositions and board vote in the library at Waterman.

The budget passed by a wide margin receiving 769 votes in favor and 345 against.

The budget for the 2013-14 school year will be $30.1 million and includes a 4.98 percent increase in the tax levy for the district. The tax increase means an estimated $148.50 increase for a house in the district valued at $275,000. The budget included a switch to full-day kindergarten and no layoffs.

The proposition to bond $245,000 for the purchase of two new buses passed with 784 votes in favor and 320 against.

The total number of people who voted was 1,191.

The results of the board of education election were as follows:

Thomas Lambdin - 839 votes

Margaret Usdansky Niebuhr - 714 votes

Geralyn Huba - 672 votes

Rhonda Fabrizio - 456 votes

Doreen Bianchi - 224 votes

The top two finishers (Lambdin and Usdansky Niebuhr) will serve three-year terms starting this July with the district’s annual reorganization meeting.

The third place finisher (Huba) will serve for one-year starting at the next board meeting, because Michael Card chose to step down following the May 21 meeting. Card, an 18-year veteran of the board, had been filling in for the second year of Valerie Jerabeck’s three-year term that started in 2011, but she could not finish because her family moved away from the area.

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