Voters approve school budget and buses; Montagino, Perretta and Giardono elected to the Board of Education

Mohonasen voters approved the proposed 2024-25 school budget with 493 voting in support of the $67.8 million spending plan and 226 voting against. The budget calls for a tax levy increase of 1.84%.

In the Board of Education election, Ericka Montagino was elected for a second term and Theodore Perretta and Nicholas Giardono were elected for a first term.

Voters also approved a proposition to purchase four 70-passenger full-sized buses. There were 503 yes votes and 214 no votes.

The budget spending plan includes provisions for maintaining all student programs and activities, and continues Mohonasen’s priority of lower class size targets for grades K-6. The budget also supports the District’s commitment to student mental health. This includes expanding the number of social workers, by turning the current part-time post at Bradt Elementary into a full-time position.

“Thank you to the Mohonasen community for approving our budget for next year and supporting the purchase of new buses,” said Superintendent Shannon Shine. “Your trust greatly advances our shared goals and strengthens our community. We are grateful for your ongoing support and look forward to positively impacting our students’ experiences”

Board of Education Results

There were three candidates for three seats on the Board of Education up for election this year, with the seats going to Montagino, Perretta and Giardono. Below are the vote totals:

  • Ericka Montagino – 550
  • Theodore Perretta – 488
  • Nicholas Giardono – 535
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