South Colonie voters approve $122 million school spending plan and bus purchases; Elect two board members

On May 16, South Colonie Central School District voters approved the district’s $122 million spending plan and bus purchase proposition.  Additionally, voters elected two board of education members. The budget proposition passed by 77.7% with 1124 yes votes and 322 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. “This show of support is a testament to the collective commitment we share in providing our students with an exceptional educational experience. The passing of the budget enables us to continue offering a wide range of enriching academic programs, maintaining high-quality facilities and investing in the professional development of our dedicated staff.”

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to our community for recognizing the value of education and for entrusting us with the responsibility of shaping the future of our students, said Board of Education President Brian Casey “Together, we will continue to foster a learning environment that empowers every student to thrive and succeed.”

District-related propositions

  • A $122,194,702. budget for the 2023-24 school year that increases spending 7.7% +$5,442,534 a levy increase of 1.99% (which is below the New York State Tax Levy Limitation): 1124 yes; 322 no.
  • School bus replacement plan to purchase of eight replacement school buses of various sizes—six (6) 66 passenger buses, one (1) 18/3 wheelchair bus and one (1) 42 passenger bus — overall cost not to exceed $1,318,000: 1124 yes; 325 no.

Board of education election

Stephanie Cogan is reelected to serve on the South Colonie Board of Education with 1233 votes.

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

Three candidates sought election to one open board of education seat to succeed Colleen Gizzi. 

    • Eric McDowell, 309 votes;
    • Thomas (TJ) Blakley, 473 votes; and
    • Denise Gangi-Pollacek, 459 votes.

Thomas (TJ) Blakley set to begin his five-year term July 1.

More information

More details on the full budget can be found here.