Shaw fails to earn reelection; budget approved

T he Granville Central School Board of Education is in search of a new leader after its president failed to win reelection Tuesday.
John Shaw was edged by Greg Bourn by two votes for the final seat on the board. Shaw received 251 votes to Bourn’s 253.
Carrie O’Brien Ambrosi led all voters with 335 votes while incumbent Suzanne McEachron was reelected to a second term after receiving 316 votes.
Shaw has been a board member for over a decade and his defeat ensures the board will chose a new leader at its organizational meeting next month.

Budget approved
Voters overwhelmingly approved the district’s 2014-15 budget by a margin of 294 to 132.
The nearly $26,000,000 spending plan, which includes a 3.54 percent increase in spending, calls for a 2.5 percent increase in the tax levy and will raise the district’s total tax levy to just shy of $7 million.
The district received an additional $430,000 in state aid and will officials plan to use $934,000 from its fund balance next year. The district currently has $5 million in its fund balance but that figure includes $500,000 that will be used this year and the $934,000 officials will use next year.

Bus purchase approved
Voters also approved a proposition to purchase two 65-passenger buses, one wheel chair accessible bus and a van.
State transportation aid would reimburse the district 90 percent on the $319,500 bus purchase, leaving $35,000 to be financed by the district over five years.
The purchase of the buses will enable the district to change “from a two tier bus system to a one tier system starting in September 2014.
Students transported to Granville schools will be picked up in one run with no second run for students attending Granville Elementary School or Mary J. Tanner School. The one-tier system will utilize all buses in the Granville fleet.
Officials hope that by changing to a one-tier bus plan, they will realize a savings in transportation costs.
The proposition was approved 260 to 135.

Hartford budget approved
Voters in the Hartford Central School District approved a nearly $10.8 million budget by a margin of 112 to 32. The budget will increase spending by 2.9 percent and the tax levy will increase by $44,000, or 1.3 percent.
A proposition to purchase a 66-passenger bug was approved 105 to 39. The cost of the bus is not to exceed $114,000.
Janine Thomas, vice president of the board of education, ran unopposed for another term on the board. She received 128 votes.

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