South Colonie voters approve $113 million school spending plan and propositions; elect two board members

 On May 17, South Colonie Central School District voters approved the district’s $113 million spending plan, bus, and property propositions approving a 13.16 acre real property purchase in the Town of Colonie.  Additionally, voters elected two board of education members.  The budget proposition passed by 77.2% with 1418 yes votes and 418 no votes.

“We want to thank all South Colonie residents who took time out of their day to vote,” said Dr. David Perry, superintendent of schools. “The 2022-23 budget will allow us to preserve educational programs and services at the current level for the 2022-23 school year and provide additional program enhancements to provide an equitable educational experience and access to services for all students.”

District-related propositions

    • A $113,458,885 budget for the 2022-23 school year that increases spending 5.04% +$5,442,534 a levy increase of 2.42% (which is below the New York State Tax Levy Limitation): 1418 yes; 418 no
    • Property purchase plan to acquire 13.14 acres in the Town of Colonie. The total estimated cost of the land purchase is $1,900,000 initially financed over 30 years: 1236 yes; 586 no
    • School bus replacement plan to purchase 11 school buses of various sizes. Purchase includes six (6) 66-passenger buses, one (1) 24-passenger wheelchair bus, two (2) 16-passenger buses, and two (2) 6-passenger vehicles/buses.The total estimated cost of the bus proposition is $1,158,000: 1368 yes; 460 no

Board of education election

Two candidates sought election to one open board of education seat to succeed Rose Gigliello. 

    • Jeremy Rundell, 551 votes;
    • Rose Gigliello, 1192 votes

Rose Gigliello is set to begin her five-year term July 1.

Two candidates sought election to one open board of education seat to succeed Michael Keane. 

    • Michael Keane, 1159 votes;
    • Nicole Castelle,  588 votes

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

More information

More details on the full budget can be found here.