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VOTE Tomorrow, May 18

Reminder: Tomorrow, May 18, is the SCHOOL BUDGET and BOARD OF EDUCATION TRUSTEE vote.

Polls are open 7 a.m.–9 p.m. for in-person voting. If you live in Tarrytown, you vote in the auditorium at Washington Irving School. Sleepy Hollow residents vote in the cafeteria at W. L. Morse School. Eligible voters may also vote absentee if they submit an absentee ballot application to District Clerk Nelly Valentin by Monday, May 17, and personally pick up the ballot. Please call Ms. Valentin for more information: (914) 332-6241.

Information regarding the budget, including a sample ballot and an FAQ, can be found here: https://www.tufsd.org/cms/lib/NY02205629/Centricity/Domain/3197/2021-2022%20Budget%20Book%20Revised%20Final.pdf

It is very important parents and guardians cast their vote not only on the budget but also on the added propositions. One proposition authorizes the district to purchase new buses and other vehicles as part of a multi-year project to slowly replace our aging fleet of buses. The last proposition would drop the transportation eligibility distances for students in grades 3–5 to 0.8 miles from school to 0.3 miles from school. This change would align students Pre-K to 5 in the distance they must live from their school before they are eligible for transportation. A significant number of Washington Irving students experienced difficulty getting to school this year when the district did not have resources to transport them. The proposition would make about 250 additional students eligible for transport to WI at the estimated annual cost of $150,000.

The proposed budget includes reduction of eight staff and all covid-specific hires. Most programs, including FLES, remain intact. Tarrytown residents would see a 0.12% tax rate increase, and Sleepy Hollow residents would see a tax rate increase of 2.32%.

If the budget fails and the district proposes a revised budget, the revised budget would cut materials, faculty and/or services.

Three candidates are running for three open trustee positions: Michelle DeFilippis (incumbent), Krista Barron and Cecelia Gordon.

Eligible voters are U.S. citizens who are 18 years of age or older and who have lived in Westchester County for at least 30 days prior to May 18. You must be registered with the Westchester County Board of Elections by May 13. (You can do so online via the DMV: https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/electronic-voter-registration-application )

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Mail in Your School Budget Ballot TODAY

Update: On June 7, Governor Cuomo signed an executive order stating ballots received by the district clerk in the mail by June 16 will be counted. The deadline for “hand-delivered” ballots remained June 9 at 5 p.m. The secure ballot box was removed from the exterior of the TUFSD administration building at that time.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the school budget vote and Board of Education trustees election will be held via mail this year. All eligible voters should receive their ballots in the mail by the date of this post. Ballots are due back to District Clerk Nelly Valentin by 5 p.m. on June 9. PTA recommends mailing back your completed ballot by Thursday, June 4, to ensure it arrives on time. Ballots will come with a postage-paid envelope to use, so you do not need your own envelope or stamp to cast your ballot. You can also drop off your ballot in the secure mailbox at the main entrance (rear of the building) of the TUFSD administration building, located at 200 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, anytime before 5 p.m. on June 9.

PTA cannot recommend you vote for or against a budget. However, we aim to clearly communicate what happens if a budget passes or fails. If this budget fails, our district will be forced to enact a contingency budget, which will force $1.8 million of cuts that will inevitably affect staffing, class size, and programs. Many of the district’s other costs that have gone up since last year (insurance, etc.) simply cannot be cut.

Please refer to the most recent Bridges newsletter you received in the mail, the budget card that was mailed, or this page on the district website to review the detailed contents of the budget, including details of the tax implications: https://www.tufsd.org/Page/5070

The terms of two Board of Education (BOE) trustees, Arturo Almanzar and John Paine, expire on June 30, 2020. Each BOE trustee serves for a term of three years and can choose to run for subsequent terms. There will only be two candidates on the ballot for these two open trustee positions: John Paine (incumbent) and Deb Taylor. Another individual, Cecelia Gordon, is mounting a write-in campaign.

Please follow completely the instructions on your ballot in order for it to be counted. Don’t forget to place your completed ballot in the oath envelope, seal, sign, date and fill out your personal information, and then place it in the mailing envelope. Your vote matters. Please cast your ballot!

See PTA’s FAQ on the 2020-21 budget vote and BOE election

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School Budget and BOE Elections Vote May 21

Updated May 20

Please vote on the school budget and two open Board of Education (BOE) positions tomorrow, Tuesday, May 21, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Any voter registered with the County Board of Elections can cast a ballot.

For detailed information, including the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget Book, a sample ballot and more detailed eligibility and registration information, please visit the following district website page: https://www.tufsd.org/Page/5070

Tarrytown residents vote at Washington Irving School, and Sleepy Hollow residents vote at W. L. Morse.

You will vote for two BOE candidates tomorrow. There are four candidates running for the BOE this year, including one incumbent. The Horsemen PTA has compiled candidate-provided bios into a single location for your easy review. We’ve translated these bios into Spanish, as well. Please see below for links to the English and Spanish files.

The League of Women Voters also moderated a forum with the candidates at John Paulding School on Friday, May 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. It was open to all interested parties, and Spanish translation was provided. To view a video of the forum, please click here.