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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.

— In the race for three school board seats, Patti Gallagher received the most votes with 733 for a three-year term, while Mary Dietrich received 711 votes to fill a second three-year term. Martha Stahl will serve a two-year term after receiving 537 votes to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, while Joan Valentine, who had been appointed to serve on the board, received 338 votes.

Voters in the district also passed a pair of resolutions. The first authorizing the lease of two 66 passenger buses at a cost not to exceed $35,000 per year passed with a 564-238 vote. The second, providing funds to the E.M. Cooper Memorial Library in Wilmington, passed 584-216.

Westport

Voters in the Westport Central School District passed a $5,408,000 2012-13 budget by a 206-122 margin. The spending plan creates a tax levy of $3,249,654, an increase of 2.85-percent which was under the state-mandated threshold.

Voters also approved a $455,200 Excel capital project to install a generator at the school and make improvements to the school’s library by a vote of 171-157. A similar proposition was defeated in December of 2009. Voters also passed proportions to purchase a new school bus (221-107) and a new passenger van (236-92).

Dwayne Stevens, an incumbent who ran unopposed for a five-year term, received 206 votes.

Willsboro

Voters in the Willsboro Central School District approved the 2012-13 $7,894,867 spending plan, the same as the 2011-12 budget, with a 191-40 vote. The budget calls for a tax levy of $4,762,188, a 2.12-percent increase that was under the state-mandated threshold.

In school board elections, Donald Hollingsworth was elected to the board with 206 votes, while incumbent Phyllis Klein received 204 to fill the second seat up for election. There were no other candidates.

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