GESD residents approve 2018-19 budget

Voters in the Gloversville Enlarged School District Tuesday, May 15 approved the 2018-19 budget by 261 (yes)  to 117 (no) votes.

“Thank you to all district residents who came out to vote and make your voice heard regarding our school,” said Interim Superintendent Robert DeLilli. “We appreciate your support of our students and schools.”

Voters also elected Edward Sturgess (298 votes), Kelli DeMaio (293 votes) and Jennifer Pomeroy (269 votes) to full three-year terms on the Board of Education beginning July 1.

The $64.5 million budget includes a tax levy increase of 2.14 percent, which is within district’s tax levy limit as calculated under the state’s tax levy “cap” law.

The approved budget represents a 4.86 percent spending increase, which allows the district to maintain all existing programs and services for students, and also expand opportunities through a new Pathways in Technology Early College High School (PTECH) program.

Other highlights of the budget include:

  • addition of a school psychologist;
  • partnership with the Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties;
  • three school resource officers to enhance safety;
  • a library/media specialist dedicated to Boulevard Elementary School to support teaching and learning; and
  • purchase of two buses.
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