South Colonie voters approve $108 million school spending plan; elect two board members

On May 18, South Colonie Central School District voters approved the district’s $108 million spending plan, elected two board of education members, and approved a 57 acre land purchase in the Village of Colonie.  The budget proposition passed by 79.5% with 920 yes votes and 238 no votes.

‘We want to thank all those who took the time to vote today,” said Dr. David Perry, superintendent of schools. “The 2021-22 budget will allow the district to continue to meet the needs of our students by preserving educational programming at the current level. Through additional stimulus funding, we will also be able to expand program offerings to support academic achievement and enhance our social-emotional wellness support for our students in the upcoming school year.”

District-related propositions

    • An $108,016,351 budget for the 2021-22 school year that increases spending 0.95% ($108,016,351, a levy increase of 1.0% (which is below the New York State Tax Levy Limitation): 920 yes; 238 no
    • Land purchase plan to acquire 57 acres in the Village of Colonie. The total estimated cost of the land purchase is $2,050,000 initially financed over 30 years:  731  yes; 418 no

Board of education election

Three candidates sought election to one open board of education seat to succeed Edward Sim. 

    • Graham Knowles, 349 votes;
    • Robert ‘Bob’ Downey, 169 votes; and
    • Bob Mesick, 497 votes.

Mesick is set to begin his five-year term July 1.

One candidate sought election to one open board of education seat to succeed Neil Johanning 

    • Chris Larrabee, 848 votes;

Larrabee is set to begin his five-year term July 1. 

More information

More details on the full budget can be found here.