voters came out to weigh in on the proposed $47,650,000 school budge for 2012-13, a $10 million bond proposition and vote for two school board candidates today.
According to district projections, the adopted budget comes with a 1.99 percent tax rate increase for Town of Ossining residents and 6.61 percent tax rate increase for Town of Mount Pleasant residents.
"It's always exciting to see the budget pass," said Board President Guy Rotondo. "When I started—I'm at the end of my term—the budget was $52.6 million and this year the budget that passed was $47.6 million."
Rotondo said he has worked hard "to bring the district finances into line" and is pleased with the result.
"It's very exciting to put a budget before the voters that complies with the tax cap and we didn't have to lose any teachers—that's a great outcome for the taxpayers and a great outcome for the students."
"The bond is going to do a lot of great things for our schools," Rotondo said. "A lot of work went ito it by the community...It's really going to make a lot of improvements not only in our athletics field, but in our classrooms. as well as technology enhancements."
"I think it's going to benefit our schools for years to come."
School board election:
Haberman and Brantman ran uncontested in today's election. They replace current Boar President Guy Rotondo and Trustee Eric Bashford, who did not run for re-election this year.
Rotondo extended his congratulations to the incoming board members and said, "I wish them the best of luck."
School board members serve three-year terms, beginning July 1.