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2019-20 budget vote passed by RCS voters

Residents of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk took to the polls today, approving a $48.1 million budget for the 2019-20 school year, as well as the bus purchase proposition, repair reserve fund and community library vote.

With 726 in favor and 349 opposed, residents approved the $48,062,317 budget for the 2019-20 school year. The budget calls for an increase in total spending of $323,952 from the current year and a tax levy increase of 2.75%, which is below the district’s tax levy “cap.” The budget is guided by the five-year academic plan laid out by Superintendent Brian Bailey, Ed.D earlier this year.

The approval of the bus proposition, with 736 in favor and 334 against, allows the district to purchase six new buses as part of the district maintenance and replacement plan. The state will reimburse the district for approximately 59% of the purchase cost. The repair reserve fund was also approved with 789 in favor and 280 against.

Residents also voted to fill three Board of Education seats. Jason Hyslop was re-elected for his third term on the board, receiving 673 votes. Tracy Klein and Yvonne Shackelton were elected to a first term on the board receiving 710 and 634 votes, respectively. Mike Robbins received 347 votes.

The RCS Community Library vote passed with 814 in favor and 253 opposed. Residents also elected three candidates to the library board of trustees: Marie Sturges with 676 votes, Patricia Visconti with 552 votes and Meredith Wagoner with 614 votes. J. Russell Sykes received 417 votes.