Niskayuna voters approve 2023-24 school budget

Bus purchase approved, Jessica LaFex and Sarah Tishler elected to the Board of Education

Niskayuna Central School District voters on Tuesday, May 16, approved the 2023-24 school budget, with 1,484 casting votes in favor of the $107.8 million spending plan and 611 opposed.

Voters also approved the bus purchase proposition by a vote of 1,528 to 558.

Jessica LaFex and Sarah Tishler were elected to a first term on the Board of Education.

The results, announced at Niskayuna High School shortly after polls closed, showed 71% percent of voters supported the budget.

The budget called for a tax levy increase of 2.34%, which is below the district’s tax cap for next year. The budget proposal continues all current student programs and staff in the General Fund as well as nearly $4 million in new investments in education in our school district.

“I want to express my gratitude to everyone who cast their vote today,” said Superintendent Carl Mummenthey. “With the ongoing support of our community, we can continue to provide our students with innovative, high-quality instruction in a sustainable and fiscally responsible way.”

Board of Education Results

There were three candidates for two seats on the Board of Education up for election this year, with Jessica LaFex and Sarah Tishler elected to the board. The three-year terms that they were elected to on Tuesday will begin on July 1 this year and go through June 30, 2026.

The vote totals for each candidate were:

  • Kristin Duffy: 883
  • Jessica LaFex: 1,279
  • Sarah Tishler: 1,464