Clarkstown School District Budget Vote And Election Is Tomorrow

Voters to decide on $180 million budget and select three of six candidates


Polls open at four Clarkstown schools at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning for registered voters to cast their ballots for the and for candidates who are running for three open seats on the Board of Education.  The polling stations are open until 9 p.m. at Clarkstown North High School - District One; Congers Elementary School - District Two; Link Elementary School - District Three and West Nyack Elementary School - District Four.

The $180,931,141 proposed budget is 3.02 percent higher than last year’s spending plan. It would increase the tax rate by 2.37 percent or an average of $163 per homeowner. It stays within the state property tax cap.

The proposed budget keeps instructional programs and staff at their current levels. It includes funds to renovate the heating system at Clarkstown North and to continue its Technology Refresh program.  If passed, the budget would draw almost $6 million from reserve funds.

Three Board of Education seats with three-year terms are up for election. The six candidates include four newcomers and two incumbents. Learn more about the candidates by reading their answers to Patch's questions.

The first-time candidates are: , , and . Seeking their second terms are Donna Ehrenberg and Phil DeGaetano. Current Board President Doug Katz decided not to run for re-election.  

There are still opportunities to gather information about the budget and candidates. You can view the superintendent’s budget presentation to the district's PTAs in the PDF file attached to this article. The Clarkstown Council of PTAs videotaped its Candidates Forum

The Board of Education holds a special meeting Tuesday evening at 10 p.m. to  hear the results of the budget vote and school board election. 

mike sullivan May 15, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Solidarity Brothers and Sisters!!!!!
Sigmund Freud May 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Exactly, Joe.
Tony T May 15, 2012 at 11:46 PM
If the Union's have anything to do with it the sun will shine tomorrow but only for them and the cronies they put in office!!
Rhea Vogel May 15, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Teachers and parents are supposed to be working together for the common good of our children. I have no issue with the teachers endorsements of Aglialoro (I support him too) or Macias. However, I personally am supporting Conti. I just don't understand why teachers would support Phil DeGaetano. He actively and purposely campaigned against the bond that would fix the environment that you work in! A bond that would have assured hundreds of more UNION construction jobs in Clarkstown for SEVERAL YEARS. He actively and purposely sought the endorsement of the Concerned Taxpayers who advocated for firing teachers and cutting salaries and increasing class size. It just amazes me, after the three years of embarrassing headlines and a division on the board that is as wide and deep and the Grand Canyon that started the day he was elected in 2009, that the teachers union would endorse Phil DeGaetano.
ClarkstownMom #18 May 16, 2012 at 03:17 AM
What a wonderful night for Clarkstown! Congratulations Mike, Chris, & Wendy!!!!! A new beginning...


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