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Dutchess Voters Approve School Budgets, Keep Incumbent School Board Members

Dutchess County voters approved all school board budgets and returned most incumbents their school board seats.
Dutchess County voters approved all school board budgets and returned most incumbents their school board seats. Photo Credit: File

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A majority of Dutchess Count voters who headed to the polls Tuesday approved proposed school budgets and returned incumbent school board members to their seats with few exceptions.

Here's a look at voting across the county:

Arlington: Voters approved $205.1 million budget with a pair of propositions on passenger buses, minivans and vans and $18.495 million on transportation, maintenance, and building upgrades. School-board candidates Ed McCormick, Charles McLeod and Steve Rossi, who were unopposed, retain their seats.

Dover: Voters approved Dover's proposed $31.5 million budget and Board of Education hopefuls, incumbent Walter Cropley retained his seat and newcomers Craig Tamboia and Patricia Hammond were elected unopposed.

Hyde Park: Voters approved a $91.7 million budget along with three propositions that called for spending $982,226 on nine school buses, approving a student to serve as a non-voting member of the school board and establishing a $5 million capital reserve fund. School Board members Douglas Hieter and Jeffrey Danielson, who ran unopposed, retain their seats.

Millbrook : Voters approved the proposed $28.9 million budget. Thomas Lehmkuhl, an incumbent, and Howard Shapiro secured board seats.

Pawling: Voters approved a proposed $36.7 million budget along with a  proposition to create a capital reserve fund for the construction and upkeep of district buildings and grounds. School-board candidates Carol Lynn Marshall and Inga Garbarino were elected.

Pine Plains: Voters in Pine Plains approved a proposed $31.6 million budget along with two propositions that included establishing a capital reserve fund for renovations to the Stissing Mountain High auditorium and the middle school gymnasium and purchasing new buses for $410,300. School Board members James Griffin and Karen Orton, who were unopposed, retained their seats.

Poughkeepsie: Voters approved Poughkeepsie's $96.7 million proposed budget. Debra Long and Doreen Clifford were elected to fill the two available seats to a three-year term on the Board of Education.

Red Hook: Voters approved a $52.68 million budget which increased spending by 1.82 percent. Incumbent Dawn Morrison is being challenger Jennifer Munn for a school board seat.

Rhinebeck: Voters approved a $32.1 million budget that increases spending by three percent, overriding the state's tax cap with the needed 60 percent approval. Jaclyn Savolainen and Elizabeth Raum were elected to two open Board of Education seats.

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