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School budget and board of education voting set May 21

Part 3 of 3
Story by Dan Hust
SULLIVAN COUNTY — May 17, 2013 — Tuesday, May 21 is the day to have your say in the fiscal future of local government – in this case, public schools.
This is the third and final installment of this school voting roundup. See our web archives to find info on the other six school districts
Sullivan West
Sullivan West’s proposed $34,470,595 budget is 3.1 percent higher than the current budget of $33.4 million. With it comes a tax levy increase of 1.99 percent, beneath the district’s state-mandated tax cap.
“We were able to keep all our currently employed people [and] programs,” affirmed Supt. Nancy Hackett.
The district is also keeping all its board members, as the four incumbents whose three-year seats are up are running unopposed: Joan Glase, Ken Cohen, Rose Joyce-Turner and Kevin Murphy.
Voting will take place from 12-9 p.m. at a location that’s dependent on where one lives: the Delaware Youth Center (District 1) on Creamery Road in Callicoon, the Sullivan West Elementary School’s 1938 gym (District 2) on Schoolhouse Road in Jeffersonville, or the Tusten-Cochecton branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library (District 3) on Bridge Street (Route 52) in Narrowsburg.
For more information (including one’s polling location), contact the district at 482-4610, ext. 3000, or log on to
Tri-Valley voters will be presented with a proposed $30,383,653 budget that’s 3.5 percent higher than the current budget of $29.3 million.
The tax levy increase is projected to be 3.28 percent – below the state-mandated cap for Tri-Valley.
Programs are unaffected in this proposed budget, while two full-time support staffers will lose their jobs.
“We had to cut approximately $700,000 out of the budget,” said Supt. Tom Palmer, adding that savings were found in consolidating other positions, selling three buses and finishing energy-efficient building improvements.
“We’re just trying to be more cost-effective in what we’re doing,” he explained.
Board members Gary Ter Bush, D. Jane Tingley and Leonard Bernstein aren’t running for re-election to their three-year seats, so the three candidates up for vote – Janet Dymond, Lori Schmitz and Cathy Russo – will replace them.
Voters will also be asked to determine whether to move forward with a $5,742,000 project to reconstruct the exterior and interior of the school complex, redesign and expand the main parking lot and bus loop, replace the track & field area, clean the 1952 building’s masonry, replace windows, and redo the 5th/6th grade wing’s heating/air-conditioning system.
Palmer said the $5.7 million figure is a reduction from the original projection and will not result in any increased burden of taxes.
“We’re basically replacing [old] debt with [new] debt,” he explained. “We’re trying to be prudent and intelligent in planning for the safety and well-being of our students.”
Voters can make their choices known between 1 and 8 p.m. in the school’s main gymnasium along Route 55 and Moore Hill Road in Grahamsville.
For more information, contact the district at 985-2296, or visit

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