2019-20 School Budget Passes 393 to 136; Incumbent Stephen Jenkins and Newcomers Matthew Van Wormer and Jacqueline Raccuia Elected to 3 Year Terms
The 2019-20 Rhinebeck Central School budget was approved by the District's voters on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. A total of 529 votes were cast, 52 fewer votes than were cast in the May 2018 budget vote. 393 "Yes" votes were tallied in favor of the 2019-20 budget, with 136 "No" votes registered. The budget passed by a margin of 74% of voters in favor.
The approved budget of $35,005,961 features a 3.2% budget-to-budget increase, with a resulting tax levy increase of 3.63%, below the 2019-20 State tax cap levy limit for the Rhinebeck chool district.
In addition, Board incumbent Stephen Jenkins (411 votes), as well as newcomers Matthew Van Wormer (416 votes) and Jacqueline Raccuia (411 votes) were elected in an uncontested election. Matt Van Wormer, who received the highest number of votes of the non-incumbent candidates, will be sworn in and seated at the May 25, 2019 Board of Education meeting, to complete the term of Deirdre d'Albertis, who resigned effective July 1, 2018, and has been replaced in the interim by appointee Lisa Rosenthal, a former BOE member. Jacqueline Raccuia will be seated at the first Board meeting in July 2019, and will take the oath of office with Stephen Jenkins at that time. All three candidates will be seated for three-year terms as members of the Rhinebeck Central School District Board of Education.
The Board of Education would like to thank all of those community members who participated in this year's annual budget vote and Board member election process.