Gouverneur residents voted and passed the proposed $41,317,007 budget for the 2022-2023 school year. The proposal carries a 3.39% spending increase over the current year and a 1.50% increase to the tax rate, which is at the levy limit.
The proposed budget focuses on preserving the strong educational programming, safe and secure environments, and extracurricular activities that our community has supported over the years. This budget also provides for additional academic support for all students.
Early intervention is one key to student success, and this spending plan focuses on providing the academic supports necessary for all students to achieve success. The addition of a Math Academic Intervention Services teacher and Special Education teachers will support the needs created because of the disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed budget also includes additional Art, Business, and Social Studies teachers at the high school to provide our students with more opportunities to take elective coursework.
This budget also supports our long-term district-wide goals. Our first goal is to bring consistency to curriculum decisions across grade levels and provide appropriate professional development to support those curriculum decisions. Our primary focus will be on developing the foundational skills necessary for students to effectively read and write. Our second goal is to provide the social-emotional support and academic opportunities necessary for all students to be engaged in school and find success. Finally, we will provide a continuum of Special Education services district-wide to support the needs of all our students.
Budget Proposition: PASSED. 175 Yes, 75 No.
Libraries: PASSED. 193 Yes, 57 No.
Student School Board Representative: PASSED. 221 Yes, 31 No.
Election of Board Members: Three seats needed to be filled and the top three vote getters were elected in. William Cartwright (212 votes); Naaman Lowry (189 votes); write-in candidate Mark Hendrick (41 votes). Votes were also cast for Write-in candidate Steve Jackson (12 votes) and nine individuals each received one write-in vote.
Voters: The number of Voters who voted was 254, with 208 in person and 46 by absentee ballot. There was a total of eight blank or void votes.