ELCS budget passes, with one change to the school board

ELIZABETHTOWN-Voters in the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District voted in favor of the budget, but also for some change on the board of education.

Voters approved the spending plan adopted by the board by a tally of 266 votes in favor to 80 against. The 2011-12 budget calls for $7,344,806 in spending with an estimated tax levy of $3,253,746.

In the race for one of three seats up for election of the school board, Alan Jones defeated incumbent and current board president Robert Wagner by a count of 185 votes to 167 votes.

Following the election, school superintendent Gail Else said that she was pleased that the voters approved the spending plan.

"We were very pleased and thank the community for supporting the budget that was presented to them," Else said. "We have had some trying times and it seems to be getting harder and harder, but this vote showed the district's continuing support of our educational programs and the good spread in the voting helps reaffirm that we are doing what they want us to do."

In other board races, incumbent board member Tammy Apthrop was re-elected by a 226-135 margin over former board member Paul Fenton.

Incumbent Karen Hooper will also return to the board, receiving 295 votes in an uncontested seat election.

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