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May 19, 2015

Niskayuna voters approve 2015-16 school budget

Koes and Schlossberg elected to the Board of Education

Niskayuna Central School District voters on Tuesday approved the 2015-16 school budget, with 2,494 casting votes in favor of the $78.1 million spending plan and 495 opposed. Voters elected David Koes and Howard Schlossberg to two seats on the Board of Education out of six candidates. Complete vote totals are below.

The results, announced at Niskayuna High School shortly after the polls closed, showed 83 percent of the 2,989 total voters supported the budget.

The budget called for a spending increase of 1.0 percent, no tax levy increase, and the continuation of all current programs and services. It includes investments in seven areas that district leaders have identified as priorities for the district.

"I want to thank everyone who took the time to vote today," Interim Superintendent John Yagielski said. "We do not take the support of our community for granted, and we are honored to have earned it with this budget. Our district has made incredible progress over the last year, and we have our sights set even higher for the years ahead. This result allows us to keep moving forward confidently into a future focused on students and learning."


Board of Education results

Below are the vote totals for the six candidates who sought the two open Board of Education seats. The 3-year terms Koes and Schlossberg were elected to on Tuesday will begin on July 1, 2015. Board members are community volunteers.

  • Howard Schlossberg – 1,443
  • David Koes – 1,190
  • Barbara Mauro – 928
  • Barbara Burgess – 904
  • Brian Backus – 553
  • Danielle Scolaro – 486