Budget Vote and BOE Election
The 2022-23 Annual Budget and Election Results:
Yes - 668
No - 226
Yes - 665
No - 224
Yes - 645
No - 244
Student BOE Member
Yes - 732
No - 155
Board of Education Election
Amie Fredericks - 699 (won seat)
Fred Couse, Jr. - 693 (won seat)
R. Scott Cavey - 244
Thank you to all of the voters for the strong turnout.
BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
The vote will be held on May 16, 2023. Voting will be done in-person from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm at Stissing Mountain Junior / Senior High School, 2829 Church Street Pine Plains, NY 12567.
If you are in need of an absentee ballot, please download the application, fill out and return original to the District Clerk, PPCSD, 2829 Church Street, Pine Plains, NY 12567. Please call Julia W. Tomaine, District Clerk if you have any questions not answered in this section. She can be reached at 518-398-7181 x1408.
VOTING: Voter qualifications are thus: United States citizen; 18 years of age or older; and a permanent resident within the District for a period of thirty (30) days immediately prior to the vote.
In order to vote, an individual must also be registered with either the school district or with Dutchess/Columbia County Board of Elections (depending on County of residence).
Any qualified resident may register to vote in this year’s election at the District Office, Stissing Mountain Junior / Senior High School, 2829 Church Street, Pine Plains, during regular business hours, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, on days when school is in session, until May 11, 2023.
You may also register to vote with the Board of Elections:
Dutchess County Board of Elections – (845) 486-2473; https://www.elections.dutchessny.gov/
Columbia County Board of Elections – (518) 828-3115; https://email@example.com
Registration forms are available on the County Board of Elections websites for mailing or delivering to the appropriate Board of Elections. or
By submitting an on-line application for voter registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles at https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application.
VOTER REGISTRATION: Notice is also given that personal registration of voters is required pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law. Any qualified voter may register to vote for the Annual School District Election and Vote at the District Office as described above. The register for said Annual School District Election and Vote shall include all persons who shall have presented themselves personally for registration and shall also include all persons who shall have been previously registered for and have voted at any annual or special school district election or vote held or conducted during the 2019, 2020, 2021 or 2022 calendar years. A resident who is registered with the Dutchess or Columbia County Board of Elections is also qualified to vote. Voter qualifications are thus: must be a United States citizen; 18 years of age or older; and a permanent resident within the District for a period of thirty (30) days immediately prior to the vote.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS: Absentee Ballot applications must be received by the District Clerk not more than thirty (30) and at least seven (7) days prior to the election and vote, if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the election and vote if the ballot is to be personally picked up by the voter or the voter’s designated agent set forth on the application. Absentee Ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the election and vote, May 16, 2023.
If you need an Absentee Ballot, you can pick up an application in the District Office located in the Stissing Mountain Junior / Senior High School, download application or call the District Clerk at (518) 398-7181 Ext. 1408.
MILITARY VOTER REGISTRATION AND BALLOTS: Military voters may apply to register as a qualified voter of the school district and/or submit an application for a military ballot. Military voters may designate a preference to receive a military voter registration, military ballot application or military ballot by mail, facsimile transmission or electronic mail in their request for such registration, ballot application or ballot. Military voter registration application forms and ballot applications must be received in the Office of the District Clerk by mail by no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 20, 2023. No military ballot will be canvassed unless it is returned by mail and received in the office of the District Clerk by no later than 5:00 p.m. on election day.
PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET: Notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of the Pine Plains Central School District will hold a public hearing on the budget, on May 3, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of presentation of the 2023-2024 budget. Any questions can be emailed to the District Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Public Hearing can be viewed at this address: https://media.dcboces.org/Watch/a7G4RrYe
BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION: Anyone interested in becoming a candidate for the Board of Education of the Pine Plains Central School District may contact the District Clerk for a nominating petition packet.
There are two seats available; two are for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2023 and expiring June 30, 2026. The Board member election will be held on May 16, 2023, the same date / time as the District’s vote on the 2023-2024 school budget.
Nominating petitions: Nominating petitions are due in the District Office no later than Monday, April 17, 2023 at 5:00 pm with at least twenty-five (25) signatures of qualified voters of the district. Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to obtain more than 25 signatures to ensure that petitions include at least 25 valid signatures.
Board of Education member qualifications are as follows:
- Must be able to read and write.
- Must be a qualified voter of the district; that is, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older, and not adjudged to be incompetent.
- Must be and have been a resident of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately preceding the election.
- May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.
- May not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family.
- May not be a current employee of the school district.
- May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
If you have any questions, about the vote or the voting process, please contact Julia W. Tomaine, District Clerk at (518) 398-7181 Ext. 1408. The official notice will be published in the official newspapers of the district and posted on the website.
Important Notifications / Required Documents
Why does the District need to purchase new buses?
The Pine Plains Central School District encompasses over 140 square miles. In a normal school year, our buses traveled over 600,000 miles picking up and dropping off students. Our buses deliver kids not only to Stissing, Seymour and Cold Spring, but to private schools and to required Special Education placements, some of which can be over 50 miles away. In addition, our buses transport students to field trips, extracurricular activities, and athletic events throughout the school year. In the summer we transport to special education placements and summer camps.
Each year the district replaces older buses that become costly to maintain due to frequent repairs and/or the need for replacement parts. In addition to mechanical concerns, road salt and other deicers used during our northeast winters can deteriorate bus bodies and frames. State law requires school buses to undergo rigorous and detailed safety inspections twice each year. State inspectors tell the district whether the buses are running efficiently and safely, and they also monitor body and undercarriage corrosion.
The purchases we are asking voters to approve this year is part of the District’s planned bus replacement program that keeps the fleet of vehicles that transport our children in safe, working order and in line with New York State standards. The District has the funds set aside for this purchase and a percentage of the purchase is covered by state aid.
Why is the District looking to create a Bus Purchase Reserve Fund?
The Bus Purchase Reserve Fund that is on the ballot on May 17, 2022, will act as a savings account, allowing the district to put money away for the sole purpose of purchasing buses. Taxes will not be increased by creating this reserve. It will be funded with excess funds remaining after the school year is over. By having this fund, the district can avoid borrowing money and avoid the costs that come with borrowing. The district's fleet drives over 600,000 miles a year and parents and families trust the school district to safely pick up each student in the morning and drop off each student in the afternoon.
How does the District benefit from a student on the School Board?
One of the propositions on the ballot of the Pine Plains CSD is to allow a student representative on the School Board. School Boards are a uniquely American institution. Local school boards make public school flexible and responsive to the needs of its local communities. School governing boards may also include student representatives to provide student input and involvement. The student board member is a non-voting member and cannot participate in executive sessions. However, the student Board member can provide an important perspective. They act as the liaison between all students and the school board and represent student interest on policy and procedures. A student member becomes a voice that allows other members of the School Board a chance to seek out and consider the students’ ideas, viewpoints and reactions to the educational process and reinforce the role of a democratic education.
Why is the 2% Tax Cap not 2%?
The Tax Cap is a law that places restrictions on how much a school district may levy in taxes in a given year. The calculation of the tax cap is a multistep process of which 2% is just one of potentially 8 factors that go into the calculation. Other items that can affect the tax cap are growth within a district, PILOTs (payment in-lieu of taxes) for entities within a district, certain capital costs, as well as any tort settlements or pension contribution increases that exceed 2% of payroll. The law establishes a higher threshold of voter approval for a budget to pass if a district’s proposed tax levy increase exceeds its tax levy limit. Pine Plains has worked very hard to remain at or below the tax levy limit since the inception of the tax levy limit law back in 2011.
If you have additional questions about buses or any other part of the budget, please feel free to reach out Monica LaClair, Assistant Superintendent for Business, at 518-398-7181 x1404 or email at email@example.com. Thank you.