B-P voters approve 2022-23 budget, buses

By a vote of 507 to 134, residents of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District approved a $39,730,000 budget for the 2022-23 school year. The approved budget calls for a 2.5%  spending increase from the 2021-22 school year and a tax levy increase of 0.95%, which is below the district’s calculated tax levy cap. 

The most significant spending increase in the budget is for staffing and enhancement of academic programs. For the 2022-23 school year, Broadalbin-Perth will be adding a social worker, business teacher, speech pathologist, two special education teachers, and two teaching assistants.

District residents also approved (516 to 125) a proposition that will allow Broadalbin-Perth to purchase four 66-passenger school buses. The state will pay for approximately 80% of the cost of the purchase, and there is no tax increase associated with the bus purchase.

Residents also voted to fill two seats on the Broadalbin-Perth Board of Education. Allison Goodspeed (356 votes) and Emily Behnke (231 votes) were both elected to serve five-year terms that begin July 1, 2022. Samantha Gallup (216 votes), Vincent Arcuri (190 votes), Jacob Dutcher (134 votes), and Lori Harlan (64 votes) were also candidates for the board.

In the inaugural Kids Vote Too, B-P students in pre-K through grade 12 selected chicken and waffles (56 votes) to be added to the lunch menu rotation next school year. The other options were popcorn chicken bowl (46 votes), corn dogs (43 votes), and cheesy chicken quesadilla (40 votes).