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Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 8:32 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - School districts across the north country held budget votes Tuesday. Voters were also selecting school board members and weighing in on various school purchases and projects, depending on the district.

Results are below. We’ll be updating as the information comes in.

Tuesday evening update: All school districts report their budgets have passed. The headline of the night is record turnout in the Ogdensburg City School District and a contentious vote to restore funding to the public library. Voters there increased library funding by $225,000 in a vote of 792 to 405.

Jefferson County

Alexandria Central School District- Budget passes 233 to 17. A proposition for a $6.5 million gym renovation project passes 221 to 2 Voters OK the purchase of two buses. Timothy Davidson and Heather Lavarnway earn seats on the school board with 152 and 174, respectively. Andrea Adsit, an incumbent, garnered 135 votes.

Belleville-Henderson Central School District- The budget passes 216 to 73. In a three-way race for a single spot on the school board, newcomer Dennis Jerome wins with 189 votes.

Carthage Central School District- Budget passes 226 to 24. Voters OK funding for libraries in Carthage ($140,000) and Black River ($98,500). Incumbent school board members Garry Schwartz and Anne Rohr ran unopposed.

Indian River Central School District- The budget passes 112 to 11. Voters agree to change school board elections to an “at large” system, meaning the top vote-getters earn seats. Tina Bartlett-Bearup earns a seat on the school board.

LaFargeville Central School District- Budget passes 41 to 4. Incumbent school board member Jada Walldroff ran unopposed and garnered 45 votes.

Lyme Central School District- The budget passes 147 to 19. Voters approved $80,000 in funding for Lyme Free Library. Incumbent school board member Ray McIntosh ran unopposed and earns a five-year term.

Sackets Harbor Central School District- Budget passes 96 to 15. Voters approve the purchase of a school bus. David Altieri earns a school board seat with 105 votes.

South Jefferson Central School District- Budget passes 695 to 164. Voters OK’d the purchase of 6 buses and funding for the library in Rodman. Troy Matteson earns a five year seat on the school board with 634 votes. James Juczak earns a two year seat with 604 votes.

Thousand Islands Central School District- The budget passes 233 to 58. Voters approved establishing a $6 million capital reserve fund. Voters also OK’d funding for three local libraries: $83,500 for Cape Vincent, $82,500 for Depauville, and $84,000 for Clayton. Erik Swenson, Carolyn Delaney, and Shawn Cherchio earn seats on the school board after running unopposed.

Watertown City School District- The budget passes 477 to 91. Voters overwhelming approved a $13 million capital project for various renovations and upgrades to Watertown High School, Case Middle School, and Wiley Intermediate. The vote on the capital project was 486 to 82. Rande Richardson, Lorie Converse, and Ambrose Souza all earn three year seats on the school board after running with no opposition.

Lewis County

Beaver River Central School District- Budget passes 226 to 68. Voters approve the purchase of 3 buses. Voters agree to make future school board votes “at large” and decided to shorten school board terms from five years to three beginning in 2022. A non-voting student school board member was approved 227 to 64. Two school board seats were on the ballot. Incumbent Todd Lighthall keeps his seat with 164 votes. Jacqueline Pate earned the other seat with 246 votes.

Copenhagen Central School District- Budget passes 63 to 6. Lynn Murray and Robert Stackel are reelected to their seats on the school board. They ran unopposed. Voters passed a proposition to transport Head Start children 67 to 2.

General Brown Central School District- Budget passes 200 to 69. Voters approved the purchase of three buses. The three candidates running for school board all earned seats. They are: Albert Romano, Jr., Kelly Milkowich, and Jamie Lee. Each seat is a three-year term.

Harrisville Central School District- The budget passes 74 to 13. Voters OK the purchase of two buses 74 to 14. Incumbent school board member Cory Bearor ran unopposed.

Lowville Academy- The budget passes 239 to 22. Voters approved the purchase of three school buses and the transportation of head start pupils. Three 3-year terms on the school board were on the ballot. Stacey McConnell beat Andrew Jennings by a vote of 154 to 108. Incumbent Michael Judd returns to the board after garnering 236 votes, along with Shereen Palmer, who received 234 votes.

South Lewis Central School District- The budget passes 221 to 80. Voters push through a proposition to purchase three buses 225 to 72. In a four-way race for two open school board seats, incumbent Jessica Carpenter is elected with 239 votes along with Blake Place with 127 votes. It was a tight race for the second seat, with Mark Austin garnering 122 votes and Joanna Daily earning 114.

St. Lawrence County

Brasher Fall Central School District- The budget passes 169 to 19. Voters approve the purchase of three school buses. Courtney Hallahan earns a seat on the school board.

Canton Central School District- The budget passes 646 to 141. Voters overwhelmingly approve a $27.5 million dollar capital project for a host of improvements and upgrades. The vote on the capital project was 608 to 180. Voters OK the purchase of three buses and approved an increase in funding for the Canton library. Seven people were vying for five seats on the school board. Wendy Todd earns a 3 year seat with 564 votes. Incumbent Victor Rycroff earns a 3 year seat with 537 votes. Christopher Marquart earns a 3 year seat with 525 votes. Kate Halleron Murphy earns a 2 year seat with 523 votes. Rob Larrabee earns a one year position with 480 votes.

Clifton-Fine Central School District- Budget passes 91 to 10. John Perrault, Jeremy Thompson, and Lynne Backus, all unopposed, earn three year seats on the school board.

Colton-Pierrepont Central School District- Budget passes 141 to 18. Voters approved $30,000 in funding for Colton Hepburn Library and increasing the capital reserve to $7.5 million. Incumbent school board member Scott Baxter ran unopposed and garnered 151 votes.

Edwards-Knox Central School District- Budget passes 164 to 20. Voters approved the purchase of three buses. Five people were in the running for three 5-year school board seats. Incumbent Penny Allen returns to the board after receiving 137 votes. She’s joined by Dustin Lottie, who got 103, and Craig Kirkpatrick who garnered 101.

Gouverneur Central School District- The budget passes 132 to 63. Incumbent school board members Nickolas Ormasen, Laura Spicer, and Laurie Roberts return to the board after running unopposed.

Hermon-DeKalb Central School District- Budget passes 80 to 4. School board incumbent, Ann Williams, runs unopposed and earns a five year seat on the school board.

Heuvelton Central School District- Budget passes 113 to 27. Alexa Backus is elected to a five year term on the school board.

Hammond Central School District- The budget passes 55 to 15. Voters agreed to change future school board votes to an “at large” system, meaning the top vote getters earn seats. Jennifer Gardner and Viviana Wilmot earn seats on the school board.

Lisbon Central School District- The budget passed 146 to 23. Voters OK the purchase of school buses up to $1 million, which will likely buy eight. Mary Fonda earns a spot on the school board after running unopposed.

Madrid-Waddington Central School District- Budget passes 252 to 32. Voters OK the purchase of three school buses and approve a $100,000 capital outlay project. Four people were vying for two 5-year seats on the school board. Mike Ruddy and Wyatt Boswell win with 182 votes and 186 votes, respectively.

Massena Central School District- Budget passes 447 to 74. In a five-way race for two seats on the school board, Timothy Hayes and Patricia Murphy earn seats with 333 votes and 298 votes, respectively.

Morristown Central School District- The budget passes 147 to 31. Voters OK’d a capital reserve fund of up to $3 million. There were three open 3-year seats on the school board, but only two candidates on the ballot. Incumbents Jeff LaJoy and Tammy Ritchie will keep their seats, and will be joined by write-in candidate Mark Blanchard, who garnered 72 votes.

Norwood-Norfolk Central School District- Budget passes 183 to 24. Voters approved the purchase of three buses. Three people were elected to the school board. They are: Incumbent Stephen Markum with 162 votes, Robert Barlow with 137 votes, and James Dillon with 127 votes.

Ogdensburg City School District- Voters approved the budget 887 to 284. Superintendent Kevin Kendall says the district saw record turnout. Voters OK’d the purchase of 12 student transport vehicles by a vote of 896 to 282, and approved a capital reserve fund (the vote was 914 to 257). In a contentious vote over library funding, voters decided to increase funding to the library by $225,000. The vote on that measure was 792 to 405. Ogdensburg mayor Mike Skelly had said publicly that he’d be voting against the extra library funding. In a four-way race for two 5-year school board seats, Angela McRoberts and Renee Grizzuto were victorious with 806 votes and 682 votes, respectively.

Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District- Budget passes 174 to 54. Voters OK the purchase of two school buses. There was an upset in the race for school board. Geri Lynn Wilson, who was on the ballot, was defeated by write-in candidate Heather Liebferd. Liebferd garnered 123 votes, while Wilson received 85.

Potsdam Central School District- Budget passes 340 to 55. Voters OK the purchase of three buses. Postdam had three open school board seats but only two incumbents on the ballot. Joshua Fiske and Jim Hubbard will return to the board, and they’ll be joined by write-in candidate Lynzie Schulte, who garnered 70 votes.

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