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Batavia school budget passes overwhelmingly

BATAVIA – Business Administrator Scott C. Rozanski wasn’t holding anything in as he reported the results of Batavia school budget voting Tuesday night.

“We’re thrilled that the community has gone out and overwhelmingly supported the decisions we’re making for our district,” Rozanski said as he read the vote totals for the $43 million spending plan and propositions covering a capital reserve plan and busing eligibility at John Kennedy Intermediate School and Batavia High School.

District residents approved the budget by a 426-75 vote, a proposition to establish a 10-year, a $7.5 million capital reserve fund for future projects, 391-91, and a proposition to increase the busing mileage guidelines to accommodate more students living within the city limits, 405-82.

The approved budget comes with a small tax increase of 35 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or about $31.50 per year to a homeowner with a house assessed at $90,000.

It also restores three teacher positions and seven teacher’s aides, Rozanski said.

Three people ran for three open seats on the School Board. Incumbents Gretchen L. DiFante and Leslie Johnson received 404 and 390 votes, respectively, while newcomer Shawna Murphy got 407.

Their three-year terms begin July 1.

Elsewhere in Genesee County, voters approved budgets by wide margins in five central school districts – Alexander, Elba, Le Roy, Pavilion and Pembroke – and by a margin of 52 to 48 percent in Byron-Bergen. The Oakfield-Alabama budget also was passed, although vote totals were not immediately available.

School Board seats went to Debra List and William Forsyth in Alexander; Michael Riner in Elba; Larry Bonacquisti, Donald Hobart and Lloyd Miller in Le Roy; Joel D’Alba and Kimberly Luker-Staniszewski in Oakfield-Alabama; Callin E. Ayers-Tillotson in Pavilion; and Heather L. Wood and Thomas C. Schneider Jr. in Pembroke.