With all mail-in and affidavit ballots counted Wednesday morning for the Auburn Enlarged City School District vote, a mix of familiar and new faces won seats on the Board of Education.
Auburn’s school board election, along with the vote for the budget and another proposal, took place on statewide school voting day Tuesday, but about 170 ballots Votes filed in affidavit form or mail-in votes were to be counted Wednesday to determine the school board winners. One one-year seat and three three-year positions were available, with five candidates running.
According to results released by the district on Wednesday, Jim Van Arsdale received the most votes, at 1,730, followed by Councilwoman Danielle Wood, with 1,677 votes, and Daniel Lovell, with 1,551 votes. These three candidates obtained the mandates of three years.
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Francis “CJ” Calarco received the fourth-highest vote total, with 1,497, earning him the one-year seat.
Rachel Czyz, who also applied for a board position last year but was unsuccessful, garnered 1,372 votes.
The partial term on the council opened following the resignation of council member Joe Sheppard in October 2021. The council voted in January to allow this role to remain empty until the election.
The district’s proposed budget of about $90 million also passed easily, 1 566-930.
A proposal allowing an Auburn high school student to be a member of the school board, but without the right to vote, was also accepted at 1 849-650.
Auburn’s budget approval reflected the dominant trend in this year’s school spending plan votes.
According to a press release issued Wednesday by the New York State United Teachers Union, the organization reviewed 570 school budget votes and determined that 563 passed and only seven passed. rejected, for a pass rate of 99%.
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