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Medina voters, in big turnout through absentees, pass school budget, elect 3 to BOE

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 June 2020 at 8:48 pm

MEDINA – The school district today counted about 2 ½ times as many ballots this election, which was done entirely through absentees due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The district’s proposed $40,491,733 budget passed overwhelming, 912 in favor to 203 opposed.

The 1,115 votes counted in the election compare to the 424 cast in the last election, May 21, 2019.

The $40,491,733 budget is up from the $40,284,425 in 2019-20. The tax levy, what the district collects in taxes, remains at $8,641,861. This is the 12th time in the past 13 years the district has either kept taxes flat or cut them.

The budget maintains nearly all academic programs and all extracurricular activities. The budget does eliminate intramural (reducing $24,000) and a summer program in the elementary school (saving $50,000). Medina also is eliminating the director of curriculum and the tax collector position (saving $140,000).

Proposition 2 – Establishment of a General Capital Reserve Fund (Approved – Yes, 895; No, 221)

The district will put up to $4,000,000 in the fund for the purpose of financing capital improvements to the district’s buildings and facilities.

Board of Education Candidates (Elect 3)

• LuAnn Tierney – 916 votes

• Annette Allis – 902 votes

• Arlene Pawlaczyk – 878 votes

Current Board member David Sevenski (who did not seek re-election) had the most write in votes with 11.

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