ST. REGIS FALLS — Two seats — one holding a one-year term and the other a five-year term — are up for grabs in the school district and two candidates are vying to fill them, unopposed, school officials said.
The two candidates, Matthew Goodrow, an incumbent and Devin Furnace, a newcomer will have their names on the ballot, come May 18, when residents of the district will be able to cast their vote between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., in the high school’s library.
Furnace will be re-upping his run after campaigning during last year’s election.
The one-year term on the ballot is leftover from board member Larry Fraser’s five-year term, who stepped down from his seat toward the end of last school year.
Board member Meg Dempsey-Goddard, who will not be running for re-election, had been filling in for Fraser.
Along with their board member candidates, district residents will also be voting on the Board of Education’s 2021-22 fiscal year budget of $9,708,409, Business Manager Susan Perkins said. This is an increase of $53,513 compared to last year, or a budget-to-budget increase of 0.55%, she said.
The proposed tax levy is $2,935,385, with a levy-to-levy increase of $21,908 or a 0.75% raise, Perkins said.
The proposed budget for next year calls for a slot for a new math specialist. Perkins said the district would also like to add a computer life plan to its budget, which would cost about $30,000.
It is also looking to add new platforms for Reading 180, Math 180, and IXL, in order to enhance instruction. This would cost around $56,800. Distance learning expenses for next year will cost $30,455.
This coming fiscal year will mark the end of a three year agreement with BOCES, where, for the time being, St. Regis Falls will no longer have to provide payment for expenses toward BOCES capital projects. This resulted in a budget reduction of $204,482.
There will still be an increase in BOCES expenses for the district, regarding upticks for the New Vision program and alternative education. This will cost the district $70,238. There will also be an increase under employment benefits — unemployment insurance will cost $41,365 and health insurance will cost $124,654.
In addition to the budget item and school board ballots, there will be a proposition for expenses for a single 66-passenger school bus. This would cost the district $100,743.