The school board election will have no challenges
There will be four candidates for four open seats on the Beacon School Board when voters go to the polls on May 17 to elect trustees and decide on a proposed budget for 2022-23 that includes $76.9 million in spending. .
Meredith Heuer and Antony Tseng will be re-elected unopposed, while Yunice Heath and Alena Kush are newcomers. The three candidates who receive the most votes will serve three-year terms (including the seat of Elissa Betterbid, who did not seek re-election) and the fourth candidate will serve two years and six weeks from May 17. to complete Jasmine’s term. Johnson, who resigned on April 1.
Heuer and Tseng are seeking their third terms. Kush is director of parent engagement at Mount Saint Mary College and president of Rombout Middle School PTO. Heath is an Access and Equity Advisor for Dutchess Community College.
Voters will also be looking at a budget 2.2% higher than 2021-22. That’s less than projections in early April, before the district received an additional $466,000 in state aid. If the budget is approved, the tax levy would increase by 3.7%, below the 3.87% cap imposed by the state for the district.
Additionally, the ballot will include measures allowing the district to spend up to $546,000 on buses and create a capital reserve fund of up to $15 million.