Minerva Central School BOE holds special budget meeting

— On June 17, the Minerva Central School budget again apparently failed to result in the 60 percent “yes” vote result needed to pass it; instead, it received a total of 59 percent yes votes.

On May 20, the first budget had gone down, with 56 percent of district voters giving it a thumbs-up.

Following the June 17 vote, it was determined that the voting machine used by Minerva Central School may have not recorded votes properly, prompting the school to impound the machine. The results of the second budget vote were declared to be unofficial. The Board of Education (BOE) determined that it would hold a special meeting the evening of June 19 to discuss the results of this latest vote.

A crowd of 37 interested citizens attended the board’s special meeting, held in the school’s cafeteria. Superintendent Tim Farrell began the meeting with a summary of the voting numbers from the second vote, speaking about the issue concerning the machine, and then discussing the school’s option to file an appeal of the budget vote results to the New York State Commissioner of Education. Minerva Central School has decided to appeal the results of the vote because of the discrepancy between the total number of voters who used the machine on June 17 versus the number of votes recorded on the machine. The difference was nine, which calls into question the vote’s overall results.

The appeal from MCS will ask for a decision no later than Aug. 1 from the Commissioner of Education regarding the budget vote results.

Farrell pointed out that members of the public should also feel free to file an appeal of the latest budget vote results if they feel the most recent vote was flawed due to the voting machine issue.

Mary Irene Lee, a graduate of MCS, said that she is, “proud of this school, and as am alumnus, I’m willing to put in an appeal.”

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