Budget & School Taxes

Three Candidates for Board of Education

On Tuesday, May 18, the Johnstown community will vote on GJSD’s proposed budget for the 2021-2022 school year. Voters will also see three other propositions on the ballot and be asked to vote on three candidates who are running for three open board positions, each of which will hold three-year terms. Board members are not compensated. Here are the candidates who will be on this year’s ballot:

RONALD BECK

a man with salt and pepper hair, with facial hair is shown smiling at the camera, wearing a blue shirt and tie.Mr. Ronald Beck was born in Burlington, VT, graduated from Castleton University, and then acquired a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech. After a three-year stint of teaching in Long Island, Beck moved to Johnstown where he enjoyed a 36-year teaching career at Johnstown High School. While at JHS, Beck coached six different sports and launched the soccer program. 

He says his biggest success at Johnstown was as the advisor to the International Club, which at one point, boasted over 200 student members. After retiring from teaching, Beck began serving on the GJSD Board of Education. He has completed four terms on the board and is currently seeking a fifth term.

“I believe education is my life calling. That is why I went from teaching, to serving on the Board of Education,” Beck said.

ARTHUR R. SCHRUM JR.

a man with dark hair and a mustache is shown wearing a suit and tie and smiling to the cameraMr. Arthur R. Schrum Jr. is a lifetime area resident and is a member of the JHS Class of 1981. Schrum’s wife Maggie is a 1984 JHS graduate and their two adult sons are also GJSD alumni. He currently has three grandchildren enrolled in the district — the oldest is a junior in the P-Tech program and the youngest is in pre-kindergarten. 

Mr. Schrum has two Associate degrees — one in Electrical Technology and one in Business Administration. He works in a field that supports the United States military.

Schrum has volunteered with several community organizations and has coached Johnstown youth in Little League Baseball, Little Football League, Fulton County Soccer and YMCA Basketball. He served as president of the Johnstown Little League (1997-2002) and was a member of the board for ten years. He currently serves as the Little League Assistant District Administrator for District 12 of New York.

Mr. Schrum believes that “hard work will help you achieve your goals.” He describes himself as someone who “likes getting down into details” and said he “feels it is his duty to review and interpret requirements to become better educated.”

JENNIFER SPONNOBLE

a woman with blonde hair and wearing a maroon sweater is shown sitting at a table, smiling at the cameraMrs. Jennifer Sponnoble has worked as a school counselor for HFM PTECH since 2014. Prior to that, she was a counselor in the Gloversville and Mayfield school districts.  She is active in the Johnstown Junior-Senior High School PTSA and the Johnstown Music Support Group.  She was formerly a member of the GJSD Board of Education from 2011-2019 and believes “it’s important to be an active member of the school community.” Sponnoble is a 1992 graduate of Johnstown High School and a lifelong resident of Johnstown.  She and her husband Bill have three sons — Liam, Carter and Finn.

2021-22 Budget Document Available

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, polls will be open for in-person voting from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Johnstown Junior-Senior High School Auditorium Lobby.

The proposed 2021-2022 budget of $39,967,989 represents a 2.5% spending increase ($992,700) and a tax levy increase of 3.8% ($393,427), which is within the district’s allowable New York State tax levy cap increase. This will be the first time since 2017 that the tax levy increase will be within the cap, meaning only a simple majority (more than 50%) will be required to pass the budget. The estimated annual increase on a $100,000 home would be $63.00 (equivalent to a weekly increase of $1.21).

A PDF copy of the proposed 2021-2022 Budget Document, with required attachments, is available to view or print. A recording of the Public Budget Hearing held in the Johnstown Performing Arts Center on May 4, 2021 is available below:

 

When is the Annual Budget Vote & Board Election held?

Subject to few exceptions, school districts statewide are required by law to hold an annual budget vote and Board of Education Election on the third Tuesday in May.

Who is eligible to vote?

You may vote if you:

How do I register to vote?

Residents may register to vote at the office of the Fulton County Board of Elections (or the Montgomery County Board of Elections if you live in the Town of Palatine), or online through the NYS Board of Elections (it may take up to six weeks for your online application to be processed by NYS). The Board of Education also adopts a resolution designating a specific day and time for voter registration at school for persons not registered with the county.

Where do I vote?

For the May 18, 2021 budget vote, polls for in-person voting will be open from 11:00 am. to 8:00 p.m. in the Johnstown Junior-Senior High School Auditorium Lobby.

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

Voters registered as permanently disabled with the county board of elections will automatically receive an absentee ballot. Any other qualified voter wishing to vote by absentee ballot must submit an application to the district clerk’s office. Applications are available below in both English and Spanish. If you are unable to print the application, you may call 518-762-4611 ext. 3119 and ask for an application to be mailed to you.

Completed applications must be received in the district clerk’s office at least seven days before the vote if the ballot is to be mailed to the voter, or the day before the vote if the ballot will be picked up in person.

When are absentee ballots due?

If you are provided with an official absentee ballot, it must be received in the office of the District Clerk not later than 5 p.m. on the day of the election, in an envelope that bears a signed “Statement of Absentee Voter,” in order to be counted by the election inspectors.

Absentee Ballots and Voter Privacy

Have you wondered how absentee ballots are counted and how voter anonymity is maintained? We explain the process here: https://www.johnstownschools.org/absentee-ballots-and-voter-privacy/

2020-21 Budget Document Available

The2020-2021 budget document, with required attachments, is available to view or print.