Tuesday, May 21, is school budget and board election vote day

Tuesday, May 21 is school budget vote day. Guilderland Central School District residents are voting on the proposed $125,192,817 budget for the 2024-25 school year, three additional propositions and to elect three members to the board of education.

A replacement bus and equipment proposition to purchase six gas-powered 65-passenger buses, three with chains and three without, one 24-passenger wheelchair bus, a maintenance truck and a skid steer at a total cost of $1,281,000.

An electric vehicle proposition to purchase two zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs), one 30-passenger school bus and one-65 passenger school bus, and one Level-2 charger. The proposal is for a total cost of $407,500. Under the recently enacted state budget, the district will receive this full amount in transportation aid as it repays the bond. There is NO projected net cost to the district for this purchase. Learn more about the electric vehicle proposition here.

A proposition to transfer the district’s one-room, Cobblestone Schoolhouse, built in 1860, to the Town of Guilderland for $10,000. Because the property is not being sold at market value, a vote is required. The district has agreed to sell the historic structure, which requires much maintenance and upkeep, to the town so that it will be preserved for community use. The town will have access to grant funds to support this work.

Board of education election: Running for three seats on the board of education, five candidates will appear on the ballot in the following order: Tara Molloy-Grocki, Mateo Dunagan, Elizabeth Floyd Mair, Blanca Gonzalez-Parker and Nina Kaplan. Learn more about the candidates. You can also watch a recording of the Meet the Candidates night on the GHS Media YouTube channel.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; please vote at your home elementary school.

Results will be posted on the district website once the polls close and all of the votes have been tabulated.

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