Voters pass 2019-20 school budget

On Tuesday, May 21, Queensbury residents approved the district’s $65.4 million budget for 2019-20 by a vote of 775 to 230. The results show 77 percent of voters supported the budget.

The approved budget has a tax levy increase of 2.96 percent, a spending increase of 3.29 percent and preserves the programs and services currently provided in Queensbury schools. Two infrastructure projects are also part of the the budget: the repair of the Queensbury Elementary School’s library roof, and improvements to the district’s security systems in each building, including video cameras, public announcement systems and keycard access on entry points.

“I’d like to thank the community for supporting the Queensbury Union Free School District’s budget,” said Superintendent Douglas Huntley, Ed.D. “This budget maintains our strong instructional program, increases safety and security in our schools, and provides a cost-effective education that maintains the district’s long-term fiscal health. Thank you to our taxpayers for recognizing the importance of what we do year to year.”

By a vote of 804 to 203, voters passed a $466,247 proposition to purchase four 72-passenger school buses, which will replace four older buses and maintain a 10-year replacement cycle.

Voters also reelected the following incumbents to continue their service on the Queensbury Board of Education with five-year terms:

  • Stacy Flaherty (847 votes)
  • Tim Weaver (849 votes)