Mohonasen residents on Tuesday approved the District’s $56,500,000 school budget for 2021-22, with 700 yes votes and 217 no votes – a margin of 76%.
The budget carries a 1.29% increase in spending and a 1.1% increase in the school tax levy.
Voters also approved a proposition to purchase three full-size 70 passenger buses with 3-point seat belts, two 24-passenger/5 wheelchair Type A buses and one 33 Passenger Type A bus. There were 695 yes votes and 222 no votes – a margin of 76%.
Additionally, the $3.25 million proposed capital improvement proposition passed, with 685 residents voting yes and 230 casting no votes – a margin of 75%. The funds will address health and safety improvements across the district.
“I would like to thank our community for supporting the District so that we can continue to offer a superlative learning experience for our students,” said Superintendent Shannon Shine. “To call this past year challenging for everyone would be an understatement, but everyone – students, families, staff and faculty – did an incredible job working together to succeed.”
Residents elected incumbent Wade Abbott (579 votes) and two new candidates, Ericka Montagino (489 votes) and Julie Power (406 votes) to the Board of Education. Candidates ran at-large and were elected to unpaid, three-year terms that begin on July 1. The two new board members replace Vice President Pamela Young and Patrick Ryan, whose terms expire on June 30.
Other candidates receiving votes:
Bridget Girard Craver (364 votes)
Margaret “Maggie” Hurne (346 votes)
Elatisha Kirnon (172 votes)