ITHACA, N.Y. — All of the school budgets for the 2020–21 academic year have been approved in districts across Tompkins County.

The annual budget vote, originally scheduled for May 19, was due by absentee ballot on June 16 after being extended twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All of the budgets passed with over 70% approval in each district.

Ithaca City School District

The preliminary results for the Ithaca City School District were released June 17, and the Board of Education will meet June 18 at 5:30 p.m. to certify the results. 

The first proposition is for the proposed budget of $136,842,648, a 3.7% increase from last year. The proposition passed with a vote of 5,526 to 1,682.

The second proposition is to take a maximum of $799,126 from the 2018 Capital Reserve fund to purchase six buses, two vans and three transit vans. It passed with a vote of 5,606 to 1,563.

All three incumbent board members were re-elected to the school board. Sean Eversely Bradwell, current vice president of the board, earned the most votes with 5,042. Following him was Christopher Malcolm with 4,275 votes and Patricia Wasyliw with 3,709 votes. Sophia Lux (2,869 votes) and Sabrina Draffen (1,820 votes) were not elected to the board.

Dryden Central School District

All propositions passed on the Dryden Central School District vote. The first, which was for a proposed budget of $42,826,418 for the upcoming year — a 4.46% increase — passed with a vote of 744 to 232.

The second proposition to buy school buses and other transportation vehicles up to a maximum cost of $440,000, with the money being raised through an annual tax, passed with a vote of 700 to 277.

The third proposition to replace the interior doors at Dryden Elementary School with a maximum cost of $100,000, funded in part by the existing building capital reserve fund and available state aid, passed with a vote of 756 to 225.

Sophia Georgiakaki, Rhonda Kowalski and Heather Williams were elected to serve on the board with 626, 696 and 684 votes respectively. Georgiakaki and Williams, vice president of the board,  are returning members. Bridget Dutcher earned 494 votes and was not elected to the board.

Groton Central School District

The only proposition was for the Groton Central School District’s budget, which passed with a vote of 364 to 141. The proposed budget is $22,972,668, a 2.91% increase from the previous year.

Three candidates ran for the board, and all three were elected. Current board members Sophia Darling and Monica Dykeman earned 429 and 398 respectively. Kristin Prugh is a new board member and earned 415 votes.

Lansing Central School District

The first proposition on the Lansing Central School District vote was to approve the budget for the upcoming year of $31,554,110, a 2.47% increase from last year. The proposition was approved with a vote of 1,049 to 327. 

The second proposition was to spend a maximum of $300,000 raised through annual taxes to buy three student transport vehicles. It was approved with a vote of 1,002 to 375.

Christine Iacobucci, Tony Lombardo and Brenda Zavaski were all re-elected to the board with 1,054, 1,116 and 1,119 votes respectively.

Deborah Huber-Hwang, Darcey Rigdon and Isabelle Schweitzer were elected to the library board with 924, 919 and 923 votes respectively.

Newfield Central School District

Newfield’s proposed budget of $21,542,078, a 0.057% decrease from the previous year, was approved with a vote of 269 to 55. 

The second proposition to move $722,765.76 from the existing Capital Reserve Fund to the district’s Debt Service Reserve Fund passed with a vote of 290 to 34.

The third proposition to spend $38,000 on a van, to be paid with an increased tax levy, was passed with a vote of 257 to 67.

The fourth proposition to spend $137,000 on a school bus, using funds from the existing transportation capital reserve fund, was passed with a vote of 264 to 60.

The fifth proposition to increase the tax levy from $58,000 to $76,000 to annually pay the trustees of the Newfield Public Library was passed with a vote of 243 to 77, and four votes were voided.

Jeremy TenWolde, president of the board, was re-elected to the board with 272 votes, and Missy Rynone was elected as a new member of the board with 259 votes. There were 91 voided votes and 26 write-in votes.

Trumansburg Central School District

The only proposition on the Trumansburg Central School District vote was to adopt the proposed budget of $25,841,073, a 3.12% decrease from the previous year. It was passed with a vote of 753 to 139. 

Jhoanna Haynes, trustee on the board, and Dianne Lynn, vice president of the board, were re-elected to serve another three-year term. Judith Pena-Shaft was elected to serve a one-year term. Jane Gallagher was not re-elected and Christina Segreto was not elected.

Madison Fernandez

Madison Fernandez is a contributing reporter at the Ithaca Voice. You can reach her by email at mfernandez@ithacavoice.com.