Voters approve school budget, capital project and buses; Ryan and Ciampino elected to the Board of Education

Mohonasen voters approved the proposed 2023-24 school budget with 1,065 voting in support of the $64.47 million spending plan and 405 voting against. Voters also passed the $48 million capital project by a vote of 1,035 to 427. Construction on the project will begin in 2025.

In the Board of Education election, Patrick Ryan was elected for a third, non-consecutive term and Danielle Ciampino was elected for a first term.

Voters also approved a proposition to purchase two 24-passenger/five wheelchair buses, and two Suburbans. There were 1,084 yes votes and 388 no votes.

The proposed budget spending plan allows for the continuation of student support programs and activities that were put in place to assist with learning loss experienced during the pandemic. This includes lower class size targets in grades K-6,  positions to support student mental health and a push for early literacy programs in Bradt Primary and Pinewood Intermediate schools. The budget calls for a tax levy increase of 2.25%.

“Thank you to the Mohonasen community for approving our budget for next year, for authorizing our next capital project and the purchase of new buses, and for electing two members to serve on the Board of Education,” said Superintendent Shannon Shine. “Your trust makes a significant difference in advancing our shared goals and improving our community. We are grateful for your ongoing support and look forward to beginning progress on the capital project to make a positive impact on the experiences of our students.”

Board of Education Results

There were four candidates for two seats on the Board of Education up for election this year, with the seats going to Ryan and Ciampino. Here are the vote totals:

  • Patrick Ryan – 881
  • Danielle Ciampino – 819
  • Stacy MacTurk – 649
  • Todd Lewis – 488