By a vote of 392 to 149, residents of the Cohoes City School District approved a $43,867,736 budget for the 2019-20 school year. The approved budget calls for a 2.2 percent increase in spending from the 2018-19 school year and a 1.75 percent tax levy increase, which is within the district’s calculated tax levy “cap.”
District residents also approved (431 to 104) a proposition that will allow the district to expend funds from its capital reserve. The funds, not to exceed $1,000,000, will be used to reconstruct and renovate the Cohoes Middle School roof and replace the boiler at Harmony Hill.
Residents also voted to fill three seats on the Cohoes Board of Education. Incumbent Mark Pascale received 438 votes and will serve his seventh term on the board. Susan Dion also received 438 votes and will begin serving her first term on the board. The third seat will be filled by virtue of a write-in process. Once it’s determined who received the most write-in votes, the district will contact the winner, determine his/her eligibility to serve as a board member and ask if he/she is interesting in serving.