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May 22, 2013

Lew-Port budget voted down by voters

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Niagara Gazette — As a result, he, like Roser, said the quality of services offered to students in the district will suffer. 

“I’ve been a critic of (Gov. Andrew) Cuomo and his policies since day one and I blame this on Albany,” Jaruszewski said. “If his goal was to destroy public education, he’s doing a bang up job.” 

School board members and district officials are expected to discuss the district’s next steps during a meeting on Tuesday. Roser said there are several options available, the least likely of which appears to be another attempt to win voter approval for the same spending plan. 

More likely, Roser said, the board will offer voters a scaled-down budget with figures in keeping with the tax threshold. The district also can still opt to forego a follow-up vote and operate under a contingency budget.

“I doubt that they would want to go to contingency because contingency would mean we would be making $1.7 million in additional cuts,” Roser said. 

Roser did express gratitude to the voters for not allowing their dislike for the proposed budget to influence their vote on the the capital improvement plan, which he said will do wonders for not only the high school building, but other elements of the Lew-Port campus. 

“It will significantly be a positive for the school district,” he said. “That really is huge.”

Final tallies for the three school board candidates who ran unopposed for three board seats were as follows: Anna Wright (1,250); Betty VanDenBosch Warrick (1,187) and current board president Jodee Riordan (1,244). Warrick and Wright will replace outgoing members Jim Sperduti and Jerome Andres on the board. 

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