Six candidates will be on the ballot for the May 15, 2018 School Board election in New Paltz. There are three open seats. Incumbents Brian Cournoyer and Michael O’Donnell are both seeking reelection, and voters will have to weigh their past performance against the promise of newcomers Diana Armstead, Joe Garcia, Meghan Goodnow and Glenn LaPolt. Alison Easton is not seeking reelection.
Voters will also be weighing in on the 2018-2019 budget proposal of $61,270,000, which will raise the tax levy 3.2% if just a simple majority vote in favor, as it’s exactly at this year’s tax cap. A separate measure to purchase six new school buses would add $480,000 in spending if approved, with a commensurate increase in taxes.