Pelham Voters Approve $69.4 Million Education Budget

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Pelham residents voted Tuesday, May 20 to approve a proposed $69.4 million budget to fund the school district for the 2014-2015 school year.
Pelham residents voted Tuesday, May 20 to approve a proposed $69.4 million budget to fund the school district for the 2014-2015 school year. Photo Credit: Filed

PELHAM, N.Y. -- Pelham residents voted Tuesday to approve a proposed $69.4 million budget to fund the school district for the 2014-2015 school year.

The budget passed by a vote of 715 to 135, according to the district. 

The $69.4 million budget is a less than one-percent increase from the 2013-2014 budget -- the lowest increase in 23 years.

It is compliant with the State Tax Cap, and meets Superintendent Peter Giarrizzo's goals of preserving all programs, maintaining favorable class size and managing short and long term finances. 

The budget, according to the District, also provides funding for the implementation of a new math program, increases professional development and support for the K-5 math program, implements a new technology initiative in Pelham Middle School and in Pelham Memorial High School, improves professional development for teachers and staff; and increases student counseling services, "to promote substance abuse prevention."

Voters also elected two school board members who both ran unopposed: incumbent Marianne Gilland and Pelham resident Lonnie Phillips. 

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