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School budgets pass throughout region

Voters say yes in AuSable, Elizabethtown-Lewis, Keene, Lake Placid, Westport and Willsboro

A proposition in the Westport Central School District to install a generator and make improvements to the school library passed, 171-157, during voting May 15.

A proposition in the Westport Central School District to install a generator and make improvements to the school library passed, 171-157, during voting May 15.

— All local school districts saw their adopted spending plans approved during May 15 voting, with a mixture of new and returning members to respective school boards.

AuSable Valley

Voters overwhelmingly approved the 2012-13 budget at AVCS, 445-168, which called for $28,305,558 in spending and a tax levy of $12,064,762, a 2.30-percent increase which was under the state-mandated tax threshold.

Three incumbent members of the school board were re-elected to their positions, as current vice-president Sherry Snow received 488 votes, Robyn Pray received 475 votes and current board president Mary Bailey received 432 votes.

Elizabethtown-Lewis

Voters in the ELCS district also showed support for their school budget, passing it 196-64. The 2012-13 budget calls for $7,421,195 in spending and creates a tax levy of $3,340,360, an increase of 2.66-percent that met the state mandated tax threshold.

In a contested school board seat race, current member Nick Disogra, who was appointed in January to replace Tammy Apthorp, received 145 votes against former board member Robert Wagner, who received 114. Disogra will continue to fill the unexpired term of Apthorp, who moved away from the district.

Current board president Brett Sicola, who ran unopposed for his seat, received 206 votes.

Keene

Keene voters passed the 2012-13 spending plan by a healthy margin, 110-29. The budget calls for $5,346,979 in spending which creates a tax levy of $4,469,927, a 1.68-percent increase from the 2011-12 levy which was under the state-mandated threshold.

Kathy Regan, who ran unopposed for her seat on the school board, received 122 votes to keep the seat.

Lake Placid

While the meetings leading up to the vote were sometimes heated, there was very little concern when it came to the final tally of the LPCS budget as voters approved the plan by a 524-301 margin. The plan calls for $16,820,009 in spending and creates a tax levy of $13,986,396, up 1.79-percent from 2011-12 and within the state-mandated threshold.

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