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Budgets pass in all county school districts

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Voters in each of Cortland County’s five school districts approved their 2020-21 budgets with little contention.

The same can be said for districts statewide, with preliminary data by NYS United Teachers showing 99% passed through spending plans without issue.

Out of 388 proposals reviewed by NYSUT, just five were rejected.

“Even in challenging times, voters resoundingly made clear that funding public schools at the local level is a top priority,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “Especially in times of crisis, public schools serve as cornerstones of our communities, providing not just an education but also meals, mental health services and other critical services. Students need our support, and voters overwhelmingly delivered.”


Here’s how the numbers turned out in Cortland County:


Cortland Enlarged City School District

$50,170,001 budget – Passed
(2,042 yes; 733 no)

  • 1.2% spending increase
  • 1.09% tax levy increase

Purchase of student transport vehicles – Passed
(1,980 yes, 774 no)

Allow ex-officio student member to join the Board of Education – Passed
(2,270 yes, 499 no)

Sale of Parker Elementary School – Passed
(2,196 yes, 588 no)

Annual budget for Cortland Free Library – Passed
(1,851 yes, 926 no)

Board of Education – Two seats filled 

  • Janet Griffin (1,706 votes)
  • Lorilee Megivern (1,488)

Homer Central School District

Budget – Passed
(1,162 yes; 384 no)

Leasing of School Buses – Passed
(1,215 yes;  334 no)

Board of Education – Three seats filled

  • Sonia Apker (939 votes)
  • Julie McChesney – (1037 votes)
  • Luke M. Morenus – (1203 votes)

Marathon Central School District

Budget – Passed
(460 yes; 139 no)

Purchase of four school buses – Passed
(404 yes; 196 no)

Board of Education – Three seats filled

  • Jason Trabucco (487 votes)
  • William Dougherty (442 votes)
  • Lucas Baker (413 votes

McGraw Central School District

Budget – Passed
(293 yes; 129 no)

Transportation – Passed
(287 yes; 137 no)

Board of Education- Two seats filled

  • Darrin Osborne (363 votes)
    Marisa Zogg (372 votes)

Cincinnatus Central School District

Budget – Passed
(288 yes; 104 no)

Student Transport Vehicles – Passed
(267 yes; 124 no)

Board of Education – Three seats filled

  • Thomas Mulhern, III
  • Margaret Peri
  • Tess Southern

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