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Bronxville Union Free School District

Voters Approve Budget, Field Proposal and Elect Trustees

At a special meeting following the closing of the polls, the Bronxville Board of Education certified the election results. Residents approved a 2015-16 spending plan by a margin of 1207 to 349. The budget of $46,446,335 complies with the tax cap, representing a tax levy increase of 1.3%.  The budget supports a number of teaching positions associated with rising enrollment and a new role, Director of Technology. President Denise Tormey thanked the Board, administration, and the finance committee, chaired by Jeff Rohr, for their roles in developing the budget.

Voters also approved a proposal to reconfigure and install synthetic turf on Hayes Field by a vote of 951 to 546. The vote authorized the release of $1.8 million from the District’s capital reserve for this purpose. An earlier version of this project failed at the polls in January. Subsequently the Board gathered additional community input and revised the proposal in scope and cost.  By reorienting Hayes Field the District will be able to enlarge the space to regulation size, and by installing synthetic turf with organic infill the District will increase the usability of the field for school and community use. Board President Denise Tormey thanked the community for the high level of interest in this proposition and the extensive dialogue that took place. She urged everyone to return to their roles as neighbors, friends, and supporters of the school, regardless of their position on the field project.

Finally, three unopposed candidates were elected to the Board of Education. Jeff Rohr won a second three-year term, and Jonathan Atkeson was also elected to a three-year term.  Tom Nichols was elected to a one-year term, filling the vacancy left by Ruth Wood in 2014. He will join the Board immediately; the others will join the Board in July.

The total number of votes cast was 1625, including 43 absentee ballots and 209 affidavit ballots.