The Nyack School District has a new budget and two not-so-new Board members.
In Tuesday’s district election, local voters cast their ballots on two budget propositions as well as a three candidate-two seat school board race. The results are in. The budget passed (1,006 – 245). So did a proposition to spend $2 million worth of Capital Reserve Fund monies on security and electrical system improvements and upgrades to instructional space (991 – 231).
The School Board election, however, was much closer. Incumbent President Karen Hughes received the most votes (1067), followed by fellow incumbent Damon Bender (693), who narrowly edged out Nathalie Riobe-Taylor (619).
Voting for School Board Members was highly influenced by geography. While Riobe-Taylor nearly doubled Bender’s tally among voters at Depew (145 – 81), Bender enjoyed a heavy advantage in Valley Cottage (370 – 157). Karen Hughes, meanwhile, tallied the most votes in each polling location.
In an e-mail after the election results came in, Bender praised participation. “It was nice to see renewed interest in the district by having more candidates than seats available,” he said.
Read more about the school board candidates here: Closing Arguments: Nyack School Board.