B-P residents approve budget, buses, and capital reserve proposition; Gallup elected to school board

By a vote of 478 to 204 (70.1%), residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District approved a $41,266,000 budget for the 2023-24 school year. The approved budget calls for a 3.87% spending increase from the 2022-23 school year and a tax levy increase of 0.95%, which is above the district’s calculated tax levy cap of –8.38%. 

The approved spending plan enhances programs and extends opportunities for students. For the 2023-24 school year, Broadalbin-Perth will be adding a technology teacher to expand the district’s skilled trades program. B-P will also add an English language arts teacher and a math teacher at the high school as part of a planned expansion of the Patriot Academy, an innovative school-within-a-school that focuses on science, technology, engineering, art, math, and business. The budget also includes new support staff positions, including two custodial workers, a human resources specialist, a computer support specialist, and a communications specialist.

District residents also approved (519 to 160) a proposition that will allow Broadalbin-Perth to purchase three 66-passenger buses, two vans, and one large SUV. The state will pay for approximately 80% of the cost of the purchase, and there is no tax increase associated with the bus purchase.

Voters also approved (479 to 202) a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund. The fund will be used to pay for the local share of future capital project expenditures, and may be funded up to $10,000,000 over 10 years.

Residents also voted to fill one seat on the Broadalbin-Perth Board of Education. Samantha Gallup (337 votes) was elected to serve a five-year term that begins July 1, 2023. Byron Armstead Barker (171 votes) and James Rickard (136 votes) were also candidates for the board.

In the second annual Kids Vote Too, B-P students in pre-K through grade 12 selected breakfast pizza (82 votes) to be added to the lunch menu rotation next school year. The other options were breakfast-style pigs in a blanket (73 votes) and mashed potato bowl (49 votes).