PAINTED POST | Voters on Tuesday approved the Corning-Painted Post School District’s $106,778,204 budget, by a vote of 923-406.

The budget includes a spending increase of 1.97 percent from the current year, and is expected to lower the tax rate to $23.58 per $1,000 of assessed value, down from $23.64 in 2016-17.

“I’m very happy and incredibly relieved,” said Superintendent Mike Ginalski. “We never take it for granted.”

The budget required some cuts in order to stay within the state-mandated 1.74 percent tax cap.

The deepest cuts include the elimination of 10 full-time-equivalent positions (jobs whose salary cost is equal to 10 full-time employees), some through actual elimination, and a few through not filling vacancies.

Six of the eliminated FTEs are at the high school, including positions in Social Studies, English/Language Arts, math, foreign languages, business and art. That amounts to a budget savings of $450,000.

Two of the positions to be cut from the budget are in custodial, one of which is already vacant. That’s a savings of $100,000.

And another two positions are to be cut from secondary-level teaching assistants, a savings of $80,000.

The proposal noted that the cuts to teaching assistants would not affect students who already receive a one-on-one aide.

Also on the ballot was the re-election of board members Victoria Zingler, Janelle Meteer and James Webb, all of whom were unopposed.

Also approved by voters, 921-384, was a proposal for a bus purchase plan for the district.

The tax impact of the proposal is relatively small: $2.12 for $100,000 of assessed value over a five-year period.

The district’s last bus purchase referendum was in 2010, and the average age of the fleet is seven years, according to Ginalski.

He has said the purchases will allow the district to move toward a more-sustainable five-year replacement schedule for buses, which will fall in line with the five-year warranties on the vehicles.

Voters also passed a slight increase in funding for the Southeast Steuben County Library, by a vote of 824-486.

The library asked taxpayers for $803,401, an increase of $17,401 from current funding.

The increase will raise the tax levy for the library by 8 tenths of one cent per $1,000 of assessed value (for properties assessed at full value) -- to a total of 37.3 cents per $1,000.

According to library officials, a homeowner with a home valued at $85,000 will pay $31.67 for the year, up about 68 cents.

In other School Districts:

Bath CSD

Proposition No. 1 (Budget) 359 Yes, 68 No

Proposition No. 2 (Buses) 357 Yes, 70 No

Proposition No. 3 (Capital Reserve) 369 Yes, 59 No

School Board Election (5-year terms)

Jennifer Yartym 381

Michael Warren 388

Watkins Glen CSD

School Board Election (3 seats available)

Kris Clarkson 308

Gloria Brubaker 291

Tracy VanSkiver 290

Keith Caslin 268

Proposition No. 1 334 Yes, 100 No

Prattsburgh CSD

2017-18 Budget 105 Yes, 5 No

School Board election (5-year term)

Brian Robbins 106

Write-ins 2

Void 2

Campbell-Savona CSD

Proposition No. 1 (Budget) 222 Yes, 43 No

Proposition No. 2 (Library) 141 Yes, 107 No

School Board Election (5-year term)

Stacie VanSkiver 225

Greg Cacace 203

Hammondsport

Proposition No. 1 (budget) 188 Yes, 21 No

School Board Election (5-year term)

Richard Drain 173 Yes, 7 No.

Jasper-Troupsburg

Budget 244 Yes, 47 No

School Board Election (5-year terms)

Jodi VanGorden 254

Chad Groff 147

Canisteo-Greenwood

Budget 275 Yes, 59 No

Library 223 Yes, 116 No

School Board Election (3-year terms)

Michael Nesbit 239

Michael Lehman 116

Addison

Budget 339 Yes, 178 No

School board members elected:

Deb Flint - 322

Michelle Terwilliger - 283

Kim Rayeski - 226