Voters of the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District approved a $25.6 million budget for the 2023-24 school year, with 269 in favor and 85 opposed – a margin of 76%. The budget proposal is below the district’s assigned tax “cap” and required a simple majority of voters (50% plus one) to pass the budget.
The $25,641,075 budget for the 2023-24 school year carries a 3.2% tax levy increase which is below the district’s assigned tax levy “cap” of 4.1%. Budget approval required a simple majority of voters (50% plus one). The proposed budget maintains all programs, staff, and services.
Voters also approved a bus purchase proposition by a vote of 282 in favor and 74 opposed.
“We appreciate our community and their continued support of educational opportunities for our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mundell. “This budget allows our district to deliver and create learning pathways designed to prepare our students for opportunities – whether in the trades, entrepreneurial or within a college environment.”
Two incumbents were reelected to the Board of Education: Kimberly Lovell with 289 votes and Nathan Elble with 295 votes.