Katonah-Lewisboro voters passed the budget for 2012-13 by a wide margin Tuesday, 1,393 to 849, and also voted to authorize a $5.9 million expenditure for capital projects. In a competitive school board race, Marjorie Schiff and Stephanie Tobin won seats on the board.
Here are board President Mark Lipton’s comments after the results came in:
For 364 days a year, the community speaks though the Board of Education as their representatives. On election night, the community gets to speak for itself. As one of your representatives, I am always grateful when we get to hear your voice, which we use to direct us in the management of your schools.
Tonight you voted to pass the 2012-2013 budget as adopted by the Board of Education. By doing so, you tell us that this budget identifies your goals for your schools and gives the Board of Education the means to achieve those goals. We are grateful that so many of you voted to adopt this budget, and we will work hard together with the administration to ensure that the children of the Katonah-Lewisboro School District receive the education that you are paying for.
Tonight the community also voted to support a capital project to maintain and improve our school buildings. We thank you for your confidence in making this large expenditure. By making these much-needed improvements, we hope to extend the useful life of our buildings as well as reduce overall expenses by making our buildings more efficient.
I would like to extend my thanks to Mindy Yanish and Rich Delin for running for a seat as a Board of Education Trustee. While your efforts did not yield you the desired results this time, I encourage you to stay active and involved. Your voice during this election cycle does help us understand our community better.
To Stephanie Tobin and Marjorie Schiff……Your Thursday nights are no longer your own! I hope that in your term you find public service as fulfilling as I do. I look forward to serving with you both.
Thank you all, and thank you again to the community for making your voice heard.