Minisink Valley School District residents approved the proposed 2022-23 $105,823,385 school budget in a 874 to 713 vote.
The results showed 55 percent of voters approved the budget.
The approved budget maintains all current student programs and services.
This budget increases spending by $3,573,216 from the current year, and includes a 3.89 percent tax levy increase.
The proposed 3.89 percent increase in the tax levy – total amount of money to be raised through property taxes – is within the New York State tax cap requirement. The proposed budget needed a simple majority to be approved.
“Thank you for your support of our efforts to provide a rigorous and comprehensive education program, along with important co-curricular and athletic opportunities to the children in the Minisink Valley school community,” said Superintendent Brian Monahan. “This approved budget is 100 percent tax cap compliant and is a prudent and respectful use of taxpayer dollars. We are grateful for your ongoing trust and partnership.”
Voters also approved Proposition 2, in a 869 to 714 vote — a 54 percent voter approval, which now gives the district the authority to purchase 15 school buses in the amount of $2,282,155, continuing the district’s 10-year replacement bus plan. State aid will cover $1,711,616 or approximately75 percent of the total cost. The net cost to the district, after state aid is applied, is $570,539.
Additionally, four Minisink Valley school district residents were elected to the Board of Education. Three members for three-year terms running July 1, 2022 through June 30. 2025; and one member for the unexpired term caused by the resignation of a board member from on or about May 17, 2022 through June 30, 2024.
Serving three-year terms are:
- William Cooper: 1,031 votes
- Joseph Flaherty: 989 votes
- Vanessa Wight: 942 votes
Angela Koenig, who received 845 votes, will serve the unexpired term caused by the resignation of a board member. This term of office begins Wednesday, May 18 through June 30, 2024.
Nakia Hickman received 759 votes.