Elementary School — and the local high school — will no longer be hosting governmental elections after a vote last week by the local Board of Education, which cited concerns over student safety in banning the practice from their premises. The decision dismayed local town board members, who said they thought the decision wasn’t rational, considering that the district will be continuing to hold their own public elections in the schools.
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continued But the school board defeated the request Jan. 23 in one unanimous vote, then followed it up with a second unanimous vote not to allow municipal votes in school district facilities.
Dismayed about the situation, Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said the school board’s decision was a step backwards in their relationship with the town. He added that their action didn’t make sense, as the municipal elections wouldn’t pose any more risk to students than school district votes, which will continue to be held at the school.
“At a time we are seeking to share services and facilities to save taxpayers’ money, this decision is unfortunate,” he said.
As of Tuesday, town officials said Geraghty was planning to meet with the school board and lobby for them to reverse their decision.