Hudson Valley voters went to the polls on Tuesday to approve school budgets and elect school board members.
Hudson Valley voters have overwhelmingly approved school district budgets for the 2017 – 2018 school year on Tuesday.
The Rhinebeck and New Paltz School Districts decided to exceed the state 2% cap. Both were approved by voters with the needed 60% of voters. Rhinebeck’s new budget is 3.1% larger than this year’s budget; the New Paltz District’s budget will increase 2.6% next year.
Voters in the Poughkeepsie City School District approved the school budget and elected two new school board members: Debra Long and Doreen Clifford. The pair campaigned together and upset incumbent School Board President Ralph Coates and incumbent Gregory Charter. The results are unofficial since there was no quorum of school board members present to certify the results.
Rhinebeck’s tax cap override was very close. The budget was approved 577-374, a margin of 60.67%.
The Hyde Park, Middletown, Monroe-Woodbury, Greenwood Lake, Warwick Valley, Pine Plains and Saugerties districts all approved propositions to create capital reserve funds.
Red Hook voters approved, 973 – 191, to allow a nonvoting student representative to sit on Board of Education. Hyde Park voters also approved a nonvoting student rep to join the school board.