Voters approve 2021-22 Weedsport budget; approve capital project; elect one board member

On May 18, Weedsport Central School District voters approved the district’s $20,423,622 budget for the 2020-21 school year, with 372 yes votes to 113 no votes, approved a $7.6 million capital project, with 319 yes votes to 165 no votes, elected one Board of Education member, and approved the purchase of one new school bus with 381 yes votes to 99 no votes.

Voters also approved a spending increase for the Weedsport Public Library (369 yes, 107 no).

The passed budget has a spending increase of $128,298, and will result in a tax levy increase of 0 percent. While creating the 2021-22 budget, the District’s goal was to maintain staffing levels while expanding learning opportunities for students.

“As we look ahead to next school year, we feel this budget sets up our students and staff for successful daily, in-person learning,” said Superintendent Shaun O’Connor.

The passed capital improvement project will address aging infrastructure at both schools, enhance the district’s performing arts program with auditorium upgrades, and overhaul the athletic complex.

“We are so thankful for the support of the Weedsport community, and we look forward to completing these needed-upgrades to ensure our students can make the most of their education,” added O’Connor.

On May 18, voters also elected one Board of Education member. Incumbent Wendy Bannister received 419 votes and will serve a five-year term.