Edwards-Knox voters approve $17.8 million budget, reject electric bus purchase proposition

On May 21, Edwards-Knox Central School District voters approved the district’s $17.8 million 2024-25 budget proposal, re-elected one board of education member, and approved the purchase and finance of three diesel school buses.

Voters chose to reject the purchase and finance of one electric school bus, by a vote of 76 to 79. The Edwards-Knox administration and board of education will meet in the coming weeks to discuss their next steps related to this specific proposition.

District-related propositions

  • A $17,849,727 budget for the 2024-25 school year that increases spending 5.12% ($869,885) and carries a tax levy increase of 3.00%: 119 yes; 36 no
  • Purchasing and financing of three new diesel school buses at a total cost not to exceed $508,000: 139 yes; 17 no
  • Purchasing and financing of one new electric school bus and related infrastructure, expending a total of $437,291, utilizing at least $257,250 in anticipated grant funding with a total cost to the district not to exceed $180,041: 76 yes; 79 no

Board of Education election

One candidate sought election to one open board of education seat.

The term will last five years, beginning July 1, 2024, and expiring June 30, 2029:

  • John “Jack” Zeh: 128 votes