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PB, Wallkill OK budgets; VC budget defeated

Both the Wallkill Central and Pine Bush Central school districts’ 2013-2014 budget proposals passed on Tuesday while the Valley Central School District’s spending plan was defeated.

According to unofficial results, Valley Central’s $92.4 million spending plan – which called for the closing of Maybrook Elementary School – was defeated by a vote of 2,207 to 2,062.

The school budget vote also doubled as a school board election which produced victories for newcomers Bradley Conklin, Matthew Flanagan and Frances Fox-Pizzonia.

Valley Central’s Assistant Superintendent for Business T. Gregory Dale declined to comment Tuesday evening on whether the school district would put the budget up for a second vote or move directly to a contingency plan.

“That will be up to the [school] board,” he said.

Meanwhile, a total of 779 taxpayers voted in favor of the Wallkill Central School District’s $67.3 million spending plan, while 371 voted, “no.” School board incumbents Joseph LoCicero and Thomas McCullough, along with newcomer Leif Spencer, were each elected to three-year terms.

Over in Pine Bush, a $103.5 million budget proposal passed by an unofficial vote of 1,118 to 598. A separate proposition calling for the approval of a bond of up to $16.1 million for building improvements also passed by a count of 988 to 552.

Candidates Lloyd Greer, Jr., Gretchen Meier and James Starr ran unopposed to fill three vacant seats on the Pine Bush school board.


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