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2017-05-24 / Academics

Walton School Budget Passes, New BOE Reps Elected

By Lillian Browne


Graydon Dutcher, left, and Paul Wood were elected to three year terms on the Walton Central School Board of Education on May 16. 
Lillian Browne/The Reporter Graydon Dutcher, left, and Paul Wood were elected to three year terms on the Walton Central School Board of Education on May 16. Lillian Browne/The Reporter WALTON - Unlike last year, Walton Central School’s proposed 2017-18 budget, which reflected a 1.97 percent increase in spending over last year, easily passed by 248 votes, with 585 district residents voting in favor of the $20,530,797 budget, and 337 voting against it.

Propositions for the William B. Ogden Library budget of $120,281 passed, 596-325, and voters also approved the lease of three school buses for five years at a cost not to exceed $275,000.

Two new board of education members, Paul Wood and M. Graydon Dutcher, were also elected and will replace outgoing board members Frank Ward and Jim Hoyt.

Wood netted the highest number of votes, 694, followed closely by Dutcher who received 665 votes.

Other candidates on the ballot included Nancy Meres who received 79 votes; Frank Ward who received 220 votes and Joyce Bishop who received 228 votes.

Dutcher, thankful to voters, said he is looking forward to learning as much as he can about how the board of education functions and to do whatever he can to shine a more positive light on the community. Among his priorities, he said, was gaining a better understanding of school administrators’ goals for the district and to deliver the message to the community with the hopes that the community, in turn, would support the school’s vision.

Wood said his goals are to be responsive to voters who are calling for better communication between the school and the community and for more transparency - resounding themes he heard throughout his campaign.

“We are a new generation and we are looking forward to making WCS the best that it can be,” Dutcher said of himself and Wood.

Superintendent Roger Clough said the approved budget will allow the continuation of improved student offerings. “Our district continues to face a lot of challenges and we are going to work as hard as we can to give students the best opportunities so they can succeed in the future,” Clough said.

Wood and Dutcher will assume their seats on July 1.

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