(May 21, 2013) Averill Park Central School District voters approved the district's proposed budget for the 2013-14 school year with 1,463 voting "yes" and 716 voting "no" on May 21. The results show that 67 percent of the total 2,179 voters supported the budget. The $53.49 million budget decreases spending for a fourth consecutive year and is $30,253 less than the current year’s budget. Under the approved budget, the district's tax levy will increase 2.99 percent, which is at the district’s maximum allowable tax levy limit as calculated under the state’s tax levy cap formula.

District residents also approved a proposition to allow the district to spend $12.9 million on a capital project by a vote of 1,287 to 713.

Three candidates ran for three seats on the Board of Education. Elected are: Shawn Morgan, 1,359 votes, Stuart Nippes, 1,171 votes, and Peter Schaefer, 1,423 votes. Each will serve a three-year term beginning July 1.

“We are extremely appreciative of the community's support of our budget and capital project," said Superintendent Jim Hoffman. "Throughout the budget process, we looked for ways to maintain education programs with limited reductions rather than eliminating programs and services. We will continue our mission to provide as many academic opportunities as possible so that all students in grades K-12 meet educational goals and graduate college and career ready, even in challenging fiscal times.”

Thank you to all who came out to vote!