TONAWANDA, N.Y. ( release) – Voters in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District overwhelmingly approved two cost saving measures that helped close the District’s previously reported budget deficit of $12.5 million.
Proposition #1 Vote Totals: Yes: 2,174 No: 541
Proposition #1: Gives the Board of Education the authorization to sell the District’s Green Acres Building, located at 205 Yorkshire Road, Tonawanda, New York. The almost 73,000 square foot building will be sold, but the adjacent soccer field, basketball court, playground, and other green space are excluded from the sale. The green space will be kept by the District for student use.
Proposition #2 Vote Totals: Yes: 2,525 No: 169
Proposition #2: Gives the Board of Education the authorization to modify the current minimum distances for bus transportation to students as follow:
• Kindergarten – Grade 5 students: increase eligibility for bus transportation from 0.0 to 0.5 mile or greater
• Grade 6 – Grade 8 students: increase eligibility for bus transportation from 1.2 to 1.5 miles or greater
• Grade 9 – Grade 12 students: increase eligibility for bus transportation from 1.5 to 1.8 miles or greater
“The community was heavily involved in making critically important decisions that helped us close this massive budget gap. Our district was open, honest, and transparent in our budget process. In
addition to our Board of Education meetings, we communicated with our community about how dire the budget deficit was during four public budget work sessions. Taxpayers were well informed and
heavily involved in this vote. We received almost 450 responses to our on-line budget survey.
This is one of the reasons why voters overwhelmingly supported these two important propositions,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro.
The Board of Education is expected to vote on the proposed 2012-2013 budget during Wednesday night’s public meeting at 6:00 PM, located at the Hoover Complex Auditorium