Budget & Capital Improvement Project Vote, School Bus Propostion & BOE Election Results
Thank you to our community for supporting our schools! Here are the results from the May 18th budget and capital improvement project vote, school bus proposition & Board of Education elections:
Yes - 585
No - 92
Proposition for School Buses:
Yes - 585
No - 90
Proposition for Capital Improvement Project:
Yes - 588
No - 85
Board of Education Elections (there are two open seats):
Nina Karbacka - 504
Frank Galeazzo – 348
Krysta Rives – 267
Gina Sink - 148
2021-22 JPS Budget Vote & School Board Elections Information
The Jamestown Board of Education approved the 2021-22 Budget to be sent to community vote on Tuesday, May 18. The 2021-22 Budget, in the amount of $89,879,178, includes 0% tax impact to the local community.
“We are happy to approve the 2021-22 budget to put forth for a community vote on May 18th,” said Paul Abbott, Jamestown Board of Education president. “We are pleased that the budget, which includes no tax impact for our community, will add critical positions that will directly help our students’ and their families’ social and emotional needs during this difficult time, especially as students start to transition back to attending school in person. I am proud of the efforts and thankful to the JPS administrative team and the Board of Education Budget & Finance Committee (Shelly Leathers, Patrick Slagle and Joe Pawelski) who put our students’ and families’ needs first and foremost.”
Some of the highlights of the proposed budget includes: a community navigator, two new school psychologists, an increase in contracted social workers, a reading and literacy coordinator, music equipment, music travel, athletic equipment, athletic uniforms and technology equipment. The community navigator is a new position to help provide a connection between JPS’ Latino population and the district. Due to language barriers or other reasons, JPS’ Hispanic population has expressed a desire to have a person who has a solid connection to the Latino population and can speak Spanish, to act as a liaison between the schools and the community.
“After all of the unknowns that have plagued us throughout this budget season, to be able to support students in their connection to school, as well as with their transition back to school is truly wonderful,” said JPS Superintendent Kevin Whitaker. “I am looking forward to doing the work that we need to do to get learning back on track, and am grateful for the board’s support of our students and our community. I greatly appreciate the support and flexibility of our parents and community throughout this challenging year, and hope that we have a strong turnout on May 18th.”
The 2021-22 School Budget & Capital Improvement Project vote and School Board elections will be held on Tuesday, May 18th from noon to 9 p.m. Registered voters can vote at Lincoln Elementary School and Jefferson and Washington Middle Schools. Voters can vote at any of the three locations. If you have questions on how to register to vote or obtain an absentee ballot, or where you should vote, please contact JPS District Clerk, Jaunita Walter, at 716-483-4420 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2021-22 Proposed Budget will be available for public review in the Superintendent’s Office, 197 Martin Road or at www.jpsny.org/budget beginning May 4, 2021. A public hearing on the 2020-21 Proposed Budget will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6 p.m. at Persell Middle School. Normal health and safety protocols while in our buildings include: wearing masks, sanitizing hands upon entry, having temperature checked and completing a COVID-19 form.