GJSD voters approve $38.9 million budget

Voters of the Greater Johnstown School District approved a $38.9 million budget for the 2020-21 school year in a July 28 revote, with 1,382 in favor and 731 opposed – a margin of 65%. Because the proposed 5.0% tax levy increase exceeds the district’s state-calculated “cap,” a supermajority (60%) was required for passage.

“We appreciate everyone who came out to vote today, as well as those who voted by absentee ballot,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Karen Geelan. “We are truly grateful for the community’s support of our schools.”

The $38,975,289 budget for the 2020-21 school year calls for an increase in total spending of 2.92%, or $1,104,812, over the current school year. Much of the proposed spending increase is for student programs.

“Throughout this process, we have said that we can’t cut our way to excellence. This budget will allow the district to maintain and continue to improve programs for students,” said Geelan.