Vote today in school board and budget election

Education Superintendent Christina Kishimoto shaka with HSTA president Corey Rosenlee outside the senate after the senate passed a key vote today to ask voters to decide this fall whether the statehould be empowered to impose a surcharge on residential

Residents in Jamestown will vote on the district's $86.23 million 2018-19 budget when the school polls open at noon Tuesday. The tax levy, or amount to be raised by taxes, is $15,362,467, an increase of $286,166, or 1.90 percent.

For many districts, the proposed 2018-19 budgets provide a chance to restore student programs and services lost during the years immediately following the Great Recession.

The capital project calls for several energy-efficiency improvements in all buildings; safety and security upgrades; mechanical upgrades in all buildings; a new multi-purpose turf athletic field and a pool renovation at the high school/middle school complex; and technology-related upgrades for educational facilities.

Voting is scheduled from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.in the York Central School Auditorium. The district projects that its 2018-19 tax levy - that is, total revenues raised through property taxes - will rise 2.72 percent, rather than the maximum under the cap of almost 4.22 percent.

The proposed budget is $16.3 million. These tax estimates are based on current information.

Residents of Watervliet will be able to cast their votes throughout the day on Tuesday at Watervliet Elementary School and the Watervliet Elks Lodge.

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According to Will Clark, COO of New Haven Public Schools, the board of education voted to close Creed High School, New Light High School and New Horizons High School at the end of the school year.

There are also two candidates for the board of education, James Maio and Martin Kelly.

Under the law, school districts can not raise tax levies more than two percent unless they achieve a super majority approval from voters.

Superintendent Art Tate has asked the board to determine whether it supports Vision 2020 as the platform for the board to respond to the district's School Budget Review Committee and, if not, how the board intends to respond to the committee. Three of the seats are for three-year terms.

Polls are open from 7 a.m.to 9 p.m.at the Lansingburgh High School Gym Foyer, located at 320 7th Ave, Troy. and at the Speigletown Firehouse, located at 146 Speigletown Rd, Troy.

In Sagaponack, two candidates, Diana Payne and Lauren Thayer, will be vying for one seat on the School Board.

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