May 18, 2021: J-D voters approve $60.2 million budget; elect four board members
On May 18, Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District voters approved the district’s $60.2 million 2021-22 budget proposal, elected four board of education members, approved retaining a non-voting student board member and approved the purchase of five new buses.
- A $60,179,653 budget for the 2021-22 school year that increases spending 2.62% ($1,538,678) and carries a tax levy decrease of 0.11%: 1,414 yes; 278 no
Purchasing five new school buses at a total cost not to exceed $499,952: 1,278 yes; 407 no
Retaining a non-voting student board member: 1,473 yes; 221 no
Board of Education Election
Seven candidates sought election to four open board of education seats: three seats are for three-year terms and one is for a two-year term. Candidates and the number of votes they received are:
Jalal Zoghby: 1,111 votes
Lisa M. McKenney: 921 votes;
Kelly Austin: 906 votes;
Carolyn Souser: 821 votes;
Emily Costello: 716 votes;
Rev. H. Bernard Alex: 712 votes; and
Ruth Arena: 672 votes.
Resident Scott Ogata withdrew his nominating petition on April 23, after the ballot had already been printed.
The district also received several write-in votes for candidates; but there were not enough for any one candidate to change the outcome of the election results.
The candidates with the three highest vote totals will fill the three-year terms and begin service on July 1: Jalal Zoghby, Lisa M. McKenney and Kelly Austin. Carolyn Souser received the fourth-highest vote total and will fill the two-year term. Souser will be sworn into office at the board’s May 24 regular meeting.
- Supporting the Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville, $1,489,406: 1,265 yes; 422 no
New York state education law allows libraries to place a funding proposition on school district ballots and requires school districts, at the libraries’ requests, to levy and collect taxes for libraries. The Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville is a separate legal entity from the school district, with its own funding and budget.