main content starts hereVoters approve school budget; McFarland and Laudano elected to the Board of Education

| May 17, 2022

Bus Proposition Passes

Mohonasen voters on Tuesday approved the proposed 2022-23 school budget with 760 voting in support of the $60.2 million spending plan and 275. In the Board of Education election, Chad McFarland was elected to a third term and Melissa Laudano was elected to a first term.

Voters also approved the bus purchase proposition by a vote of 764 to 268.

The results were announced at Mohonasen High School on Tuesday shortly after polls closed. They showed that 73% of 1035 total voters supported the budget.

The proposed budget includes up to six elementary classroom teaching positions to implement lower class size targets in grades K-6. It also funds a series of positions to support student mental health, address pandemic-related learning loss, and continue academic programs and opportunities for Mohonasen students at all levels. The budget calls for a tax levy increase of 2.74 percent, which is the district’s limit for the year under the state tax cap formula.

“We thank the voters for their support and everyone who took the time to come out and vote today,” said Superintendent Shannon Shine. “Our focus for next year, and for the long-term, is providing students with the learning experiences, programs and support that will help them reach their potential while at the same time remaining fiscally responsible to our taxpayers. We are grateful for the community partnership that continues to make Mohonasen the very best it can be.”

Board of Education Results

There were three candidates for two seats on the Board of Education up for election this year, with the seats going to McFarland and Laudano as the two top vote getters. Here are the vote totals:

  • Chad McFarland – 794
  • Melissa Laudano – 631
  • Jason Bustelos – 394