MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT

The Kiwanis Club of Gowanda will present the Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night virtually on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Be an informed voter.  Find out where the Board of Education candidates stand on issues that concern our school district.

Questions submitted to msferneza@gcslearn.org by May 3, 2021 may be presented by the moderator and addressed by the candidates.

The following candidates are vying for three at-large seats:

Max Graham click here for bio
Jill K. Smith click here for bio
Shauna McMahon click here for bio
Dollene Christopher click here for bio


PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING

The Gowanda Central School District Board of Education to host a 2021–2022 Public Budget Hearing on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. remotely via Zoom webinar: https://zoom.us/j/95720123303?pwd=YWowMDNFRk5pbjFMMDZMcTh4ZjRBQT09
Passcode: 612395


BUDGET INFORMATION

Proposition No. 1 – 2021-2022 Basic Budget
Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:
RESOLVED, that the basic budget for the Gowanda Central School District (the “District”) for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022, as presented by the Board of Education of the District, in the amount of $34,098,646.00, is hereby approved and adopted and the required funds therefor are hereby appropriated and the necessary real property taxes required shall be raised by a tax on the taxable property in the District to be levied and collected as required by law.

Proposition No. 2 – Purchase of Three Buses Utilizing Vehicle Purchase Reserve Fund (No Tax Rate Impact)
Shall the following resolutions be adopted, to wit:
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education (the “Board”) of the Gowanda Central School District (the “District”) is hereby authorized to purchase one (1) thirty (30) passenger school bus and two (2) sixty-six (66) passenger school buses for use in the transportation program of the District, at a total estimated maximum cost of $301,642.50, with such cost (or so much thereof as may be necessary) to be funded through the expenditure or application (during the current fiscal year of the District) of monies from the District’s Vehicle Purchase Reserve Fund, without creating the need to borrow; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this authorization to fund the purchase of such school bus shall have no effect on the District’s tax rate for the 2021-2022 school year.
Proposition No. 3 – Establishment of Transportation Reserve Fund for the Acquisition of Various School Buses and Similar Vehicles (and Related Equipment)
Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education (the “Board”) of the Gowanda Central School District, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie Counties, New York (the “District”) is hereby authorized to establish a new transportation (i.e., “capital”) reserve fund (the “Fund”) for the acquisition of various school buses, school bus-type vans/minivans, and similar vehicles (and related equipment) for use in the transportation program of the District, all pursuant to Section 3651 of the Education Law of the State of New York; that the Fund shall be known as the “Transportation Reserve Fund, 2021”; that the ultimate amount of the Fund shall be not greater than $5,000,000 (plus interest earned thereon); that the probable term of the Fund shall extend through July 1, 2031; and that the permissible sources from which the Board is authorized to appropriate monies to the Fund from time to time shall be (a) amounts applied thereto from budgetary appropriations of the District; (b) amount applied thereto from unappropriated/unrestricted fund balance of the District, as may be directed by the Board; (c) to the extent specifically directed by the Board, State aid received as reimbursement in connection with District capital improvement and transportation-related expenditures by the District (whether or not such expenditures were financed in whole or in part from the Fund); (d) proceeds from the sale of real or personal property owned by the District, if permitted by law and if directed by the Board; (e) proceeds from the sale or trade of surplus vehicles (whether or not such vehicles were purchased with monies from the Fund); and (f) such other sources as the Board or the voters of the District may direct from time to time, all as may be permitted by law.

SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

All registered residents and qualified voters may vote on the three available seats. The candidates receiving, respectively, the largest and second-largest number of votes shall each be elected to three-year terms commencing upon election and expiring on June 30, 2024. The candidate receiving the third-largest number of votes shall be elected to a term to commence upon election and terminating on June 30, 2022.

Max Graham
Jill K. Smith
Shauna McMahon
Dollene Christopher

Voters may write-in the name(s) of any candidate(s) who is not listed on the ballot. Vacancies will be filled by the individual(s) with the most write-in votes.

VOTER REGISTRATION

Qualified voters of the District shall be entitled to vote at such annual vote and election. A qualified voter is one who is (1) a citizen of the United States of America, (2) eighteen years of age or older, and (3) resident within the District for a period of thirty (30) days next preceding the annual vote and election. The School District may require all persons offering to vote at the budget vote and election to provide one form of proof of residency pursuant to Education Law §2018-c. Such form may include a driver’s license, a non-driver identification card, a utility bill, or a voter registration card. Upon offer of proof of residency, the District may also require all persons offering to vote to provide their signature, printed name and address. (NOTE: Native Americans residing on the Seneca Nation Cattaraugus Territory (Reservation) and meeting all of the above qualifications [except those who are parents or guardians of students attending elementary or secondary school in another district] are eligible to vote pursuant to Education Law § 2012.)


ABSENTEE BALLOTS
 

Applications for absentee ballots are available from the District Clerk. Special regulations govern absentee ballots. Call 532-3325 ext. 6300 for information. Click here to access the absentee ballot application for 2021-2022 online.
May 11 Deadline for absentee ballot applications if ballot is to be mailed to the voter.
May 17 Deadline for absentee ballot applications if ballot is to be picked up by the voter.
May 18, 5:00 p.m. Deadline for absentee ballots to be received by the District Clerk.

Eligible Voters are Invited to Vote on the Annual Budget, Vehicle Purchases, Establishment of Transportation Reserve Fund and Board Election on:
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gowanda Middle School Library


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