Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Voters approve LP school budget; Smith, Blair elected to board

The Lake Placid Central School District budget for 2010-11 passed yesterday by a vote of 572 to 269.

Voters approved the spending plan which totals just over $16 million – a 1.54 percent increase over the previous year’s budget. The tax levy will increase by 3.45 percent.

A proposition to lease a pair of 66-passenger school buses over a period of no more than five years also passed by a margin of 568 to 268. The cost for that item is no more than $39,000 per year.

Voters also gave the thumbs up to increase funding for the Wilmington E.M. Cooper Memorial Library from $9,200 to $11,000.

Three candidates ran for two open seats on the board. Janet Smith and Gerry Blair won, receiving 579 and 488 votes, respectively. Herbert Stoerr finished third with 448 votes.

School Board President Dan Nardiello told WNBZ he was pleased with the outcome.

“I appreciate the outpouring of support from the community,” he said. “The overall voter turnout was greater than in the recent past.”

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