GCSD voters approve $109.9 million budget; elect four board members
On May 17, Guilderland Central School District voters approved the district’s $109,887,845 budget proposal for the 2022-23 school year, elected four board of education members and approved the purchase of eight 66-passenger buses.
A $109,887,845 budget for the 2022-23 school year that increases spending $4,908,275 over the current year’s budget and carries a tax levy increase of 2.98%: 3,215 YES to 1,483 NO
Bus and equipment proposition
Purchasing eight 66-passenger buses, three with chains, at a maximum estimated cost of $976,000. Approximately 50% of the bus purchase would be returned to the district in the form of state aid: 3,319 YES to 1,337 NO
Ten candidates sought election to four open board of education seats. Candidates and the number of votes they received are:
Kelly Person 3,005 votes;
Gloria Towle-Hilt 2,969 votes;
Katie DiPierro 2,908 votes;
Kimberly Blasiak 2,871 votes;
Barbara Fraterrigo 1,264 votes;
Mark Reamer 1,132 votes;
April McAllister 1,035 votes;
Nicole Coonradt 1,027 votes;
Jennifer Romano 982 votes;
William Kearney 546 votes
The candidates with the three highest vote totals will each serve a three -year term of office, July 1, 2022-June 30, 2025: Kelly Person, Gloria Towle-Hilt and Katie DiPierro.
The candidate with the next highest vote total will serve a one-year term which will begin on May 18, 2022-June 30, 2023: Kimberly Blasiak.
- Katie DiPierro
- Nicole Coonradt
- Kimberly Blasiak
- April McAllister
- Mark Reamer
- Jennifer Romano
- Kelly Person
- William Kearney
- Gloria Towle-Hilt
- Barbara Fraterrigo
Candidates do not run for a specific seat on the board. The individuals with the four highest vote totals will be elected. The candidates with the three highest vote totals will each serve a three-year term of office (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2025). The candidate with the next highest vote total will serve the one-year term which will begin on May 18, 2022 and end on June 30, 2023.
Required Budget Postings
New York State Education Law requires school districts to post specific documents related to the operating budget.
Below is a timeline leading up to the budget vote. Get more information about the school budget, how to calculate your taxes, voting and more.
October – November
Review of the budget calendar with school principals and Board of Education. District Administration meets with building administrators and supervisors and reviews last year’s projections and current status of staff and program. Enrollment projections for the coming year are developed and shared with the school principals.
Public input for budget development. Watch the Oct. 19 Board of Education meeting.
November & December
Building and department level budgets developed. Instructional and facility needs are addressed at this stage including staffing recommendations, equipment recommendations and priority supplies and services all based on program justifications.
December – January
District Administration review staffing, equipment and facilities requests following meetings with building principals and selected staff. This process involves a thorough review of enrollment projections, class size and staffing levels for both professional and operational needs.
Board of Education provides direction for budget development.
January – February
Legal publication of proposed budget vote date. (45 days prior to vote)
April 13 – May 16
Budget discussions through the district. Included are meetings with PTA organizations, civic organizations, neighborhood associations, senior citizens and other groups interested in obtaining more information and a better understanding of the school budget.
Final date for submission of Board Candidate Petitions. (30 days prior to vote)
Publication and printing of the budget newsletter for home distribution.
Mailing of the budget postcard to homes.
May 17, Budget Vote Day
Budget Vote Day! Polls open at 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at each of the five GCSD elementary schools.
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