GJSD 2020-21 school year budget defeated

Voters of the Greater Johnstown School District defeated by absentee ballot a $38.9 million budget for the 2020-21 school year, with 1,526 in favor and 1,137 opposed – a margin of 57%. Because the proposed 5.0% tax levy increase exceeds the district’s state-calculated “cap,” a supermajority (60%) was required for passage.

The proposition to purchase two buses passed by a vote of 1,741 in favor and 900 against. The proposition to establish a capital reserve fund for construction costs passed with 1,544 votes in favor and 1,080 against. Both propositions required a majority (50% plus 1) to pass.

Voters elected three members to the Board of Education: Beverly Alves, David D’Amore and Joyel Richardson, the latter of whom was elected by write-in votes.

The Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, to determine next steps for the 2020-21 school budget.