Voters in the Briarcliff Manor school district decided on a $49.5 million budget for 2010-11 — 998 in favor and 374 against.
The plan calls for spending cuts of more than $3 million, 5.91 percent decrease, from the current school year’s budget.
Under this plan, the district expects to use $1.2 million from its fund balance and cut 25 classroom teacher aides and at least 15 other positions district wide.
“The budget process this year was painful for our district staff,” Superintendent Frances Wills said. “We knew we needed to come up with a fiscal future with reduced expenditures — and a plan that would keep our (teachers) and maintain our facilities.”
A five-way race for two seats ignited a heated board race in Briarcliff. Sal Maglietta and Rosella Ranno won first terms on the board with 789 and 755 votes respectively. Incumbent Krishnan Chittur was the lowest vote getter at 279. Two other candidates, Michael Valenti with 669 votes and Lisa Jenner with 425, did not make it to the board.
Voters also approved a proposition to authorize the board to appoint a student trustee to participate in board discussions, but not executive sessions or votes. This passed 894 in favor and 367 against.
Here’s the vote recaps, based on unofficial results:
Budget: 998 approved, 374 against
Proposition for student trustee on school board: 894 approve; 367 against
Trustee (2 seats, winners Maglietta and Ranno).
Sal Maglietta, 789
Rosella Ranno, 755
Michael Valenti, 669
Lisa Jenner, 425
Krishnan Chittur, 279