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Community OKs Spending Plan & Elects Laczi, Carothers, Gesing

RESULTS OF THE SOUTHWESTERN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTION held May 21, 2024:

PROPOSITION NO. 1 – BUDGET

Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:

RESOLVED, that the budget for the Southwestern Central School District, Chautauqua County, New York, for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2025, as presented to the Board of Education in the amount of $35,745,707.00 is hereby approved and adopted and the required funds therefor are hereby appropriated and the necessary real property taxes required shall be raised by a tax on the taxable property in said District to be levied and collected as required by law.

Yes: 475 No: 112

PROPOSITION NO. 2 – SCHOOL BUSES AND RELATED EQUIPMENT

Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education (the “Board”) of the Southwestern Central School District, Chautauqua County, New York (the “District”), is hereby authorized to purchase school buses and related equipment for use in the transportation program of the District, including two (2) 70-passenger school buses (at a maximum estimated total cost of $181,412.82), one (1) 35-passenger school bus (at a maximum estimated total cost of $156,055.60 each), and to expend for all of such buses and related equipment an aggregate sum not to exceed the sum of $518,881.24, being the aforesaid maximum estimated total cost, or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of the District and collected in annual installments as provided by Section 416 of the Education Law, and, in anticipation of such tax, bonds or other obligations (including, without limitation, obligations arising under leases, lease/purchase contracts or installment purchase contracts having a term of not more than five years) of the District shall be issued or entered into in accordance with applicable provisions of New York State law.

Yes: 464 No: 123

PROPOSITION NO. 3 – LIBRARY BUDGETS

Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:

RESOLVED, that pursuant to Education Law, Section 259, the Board of Education of the Southwestern Central School District is authorized to levy and collect an annual tax, year after year, separate and apart from the annual school district budget, in the amount of $256,000, of which $175,000 shall be paid to the Lakewood Memorial Library for the support and maintenance of that library and $81,000 of which shall be paid to the Hazeltine Public Library for the support and maintenance of that library; with this appropriated amount to be the annual appropriation until thereafter modified by a future vote of the electors of the Southwestern Central School District.

Yes: 448 No: 142

BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES

Three at-large vacancies are to be filled for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2024, and ending June 30, 2027. The candidate receiving the largest number of votes will begin serving their term on May 22, 2024.

▪️Ramon Corder 159

▪️Elizabeth Laczi 436

▪️Carol Wynham 194

▪️Michael Carothers 398

▪️Randy Elf 170

▪️Write-in Candidate: Josh Gesing 283