Local school budgets approved

By Julia Green
What they asked for, they got.
All three area school budgets that were proposed for the 2009-2010 school year were approved in Tuesday's vote, in which all propositions were given the green light and all unopposed candidates for Board of Education seats were elected.

Andes Central School
The proposed Andes Central School budget, which totaled $3,673,609, was approved by a 96-34 voter margin. The budget total represents an increase of 1.3% over last year's figure, which translates to a three percent (or $2.6 million) tax levy. Voters also approved a proposition to allow the school to purchase two 20-passenger buses as well as a resolution to release $115,000 from the school's building repair reserve to meet needs for improvement in the building.
Also in Andes, voters elected Dale Tait to a seat on the Andes Central School Board of Education. Tait received 109 votes.

Margaretville Central School
Margaretville's $10,588,958 budget for the 2009-2010 school year was also approved Tuesday, with 108 voters choosing in favor of the budget and only 21 voting against it. The proposed budget represented less than a one percent hike over last year and a 1.5 percent increase on the tax levy. Voters also approved a proposition to purchase one 48-passenger bus, which would not affect the tax levy.
Joe Moskowitz was elected to serve a term on the Margaretville Central School Board of Education with 104 votes.

Roxbury Central School
The proposed $9,427,761 budget for the 2009-2010 school year at Roxbury Central School was given the green light by 242 Roxbury voters on Tuesday, while 87 residents voted against the proposed figure. The school board also received overwhelming yeses to the two propositions that appeared on the ballot: the first, to approve fund balance to contribute the $50,000 contribution to the capital reserve fund to replace the school’s roof; and the second, a continued request of $10,000 to fund the repair reserve, which goes toward unforeseen building repairs.
Bonnie Walker was elected to a five-year term on the Roxbury Central School Board of Education with 235 votes.