JPS 2020-21 Budget Vote & School Board Elections Results

  • Jamestown Public Schools 2020-21 Budget Vote and Board of Education Elections results are as follows:

    Budget Vote:

    Yes – 2,430

    No – 1,112

    Library Proposition:

    Yes – 1,883

    No – 1,677

    Board of Education Elections:

    Paul Abbott – 2,804

    Shelly Leathers – 2,680

    Christine Schnars – 2,699

    All results are “unofficial” until tonight’s Canvass of Votes at 6 p.m.

Important Dates

  • May 19, 6:00 pm - Board of Education Regular Meeting & Budget Workshop & Budget Adoption
            Meeting can be viewed at If you would like to submit comment for open session, please email it to by noon on 5/19.

    June 1, 6:00 pm – Budget Hearing
            Hearing can be accessed at

    June 9, 5:00 pm – Deadline for submission of all absentee ballots for the Budget Vote & School Board Elections
            All ballots must be received by the District Clerk in person at the secure drop off box at 197 Martin Road, or by mail, no later than 5:00 pm. If you have any questions on the submission of absentee ballots, please contact JPS District Clerk, Jaunita Walter at 716-483-4420 or prior to the June 9, 2020 at 5 p.m. deadline.

  • Board of Education Approves Proposed 2020-21 Budget at May 19th Meeting

    The Jamestown Board of Education approved the 2020-21 Budget at the Tuesday, May 19th Board of Education meeting. The proposed 2020-21 Budget of $88,313,617 will be presented for public vote. via absentee ballots with ballots due back to the District Clerk by June 9, 2020 at 5 p.m., by mail or in person.

    There are two propostions on the ballot.

    • The first proposition is for the JPS Proposed 2020-21 Budget not to exceed $88,313,671, which includes NO tax increase.
    • The second proposition is the Prendergast Library Association asking the public to approve a tax levy of $350,000 for the purpose of funding the library. 
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2020-21 Proposed Budget/School Board Elections

  • Annual 2020-21 School Budget Vote & Board of Education Election to be held June 9 by Absentee Ballot

    In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, 2020, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Public Hearing for the Proposed 2020-21 Budget will be on June 1, 2020 at 6 p.m. The Public Hearing will be held remotely. The pubilc can access the Budget Hearing at on June 1, 2020 at 6 p.m. 

    A candidate for election to the Board of Education must complete a nominating petition to confirm that he or she meets all applicable eligibility requirements. If you are interested in running for the Board of Education, please contact JPS District Clerk Jaunita Walter at 716-483-4420 or to request a petition. All petitions must be filed in the Office of the District Clerk no later than Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5 p.m. 

    The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all registered voters. Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote.

    Following budget adoption, the district will make the proposed budget available to the public, hold a budget hearing (which will take place remotely), and mail a budget notice to all registered voters. Additionally, the executive order calls for districts to send each qualified voter a postcard with the date of the election, the date of the budget hearing and the definition of a qualified voter. Residents can register to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles at

    The district is continuing to review the details of the executive order and will share more information as soon as possible.