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On May 18, Arkport Central School District residents approved the district’s $11.9 million budget proposal and elected one board of education member.

Voters approved:

  • An $11,969,646 budget for the 2021-22 school year that increases spending by $93,350 (0.79%) from the current year and carries a 1.91% tax levy increase: 199 yes; 67 no;

  • Authorization to purchase one 54-passenger bus with wheelchair accessibility features and one SUV at a combined cost not to exceed $205,000: 216 yes; 43 no

  • Authorization to enter into a five-year lease for two 66-passenger school buses at a cost not to exceed $260,000: 185 yes; 64 no; and

  • The election of incumbent Julianne Merry to the Arkport Board of Education.

The approved budget maintains all existing programs, preserves the district’s current school resource officer position, creates a full-time social worker position and a full-time band teacher position and expands the district’s Response to Intervention (RTI) program.

“We want to thank all those who took time to vote this year,” said Superintendent of Schools Jesse Harper. “The results are a reminder of how supportive the community is of the school district. It’s gratifying to move forward with a fiscal plan that ensures our students get the best education possible.”