ITHACA, NY – At a meeting on Wednesday, the Ithaca City School District Board of Education certified the results of the previous days election.

ICSD was late in delivering the results. Most districts in the county and in fact most of the entire state delivered their results early Wednesday morning. ICSD did not reveal their unofficial results and waited until the official results were certified during a Wednesday evening meeting.

There were four open seats on the ICSD Board of Education, and only three registered candidates, all incumbents. However, there was also a write-in candidate, Nicole LaFave, who received 661 votes.

The three incumbent candidates were Eldred V. Harris JD, Robert Ainslie and Bradley Grainger. Harris received 1741 votes, AInslie 1685 and Grainger 1641.

Since there were four open seats on the ICSD Board of Education, all four candidates including LaFave will get seats.

The three incumbents all secured three year terms ending on June 30, 2019. LaFave will serve out the remainder of former member Jen Curley’s term, beginning immediately and ending on June 30, 2018.

The rest of the results were uncontroversial. Like most every district in the state, ICSD’s proposed $119,088,829 budget passed, with 1797 yes votes and 788 nos.

The two other propositions on the ballot, one regarding expenditures from the district’s 2013 Capital Reserve Fund and the other authorizing a lease of land with the Enfield Community Council, both passed by substantial margins.

Michael Smith

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