Oswego, Fulton School Budgets Pass, Hayden, Lyons and Callen, Bell Elected to BOE


FULTON, NY – City residents turned out to their polling places today (May 17) to vote on the Fulton City School District 2016-2017 school budget and numerous other propositions including two open seats on the Board of Education.

All propositions passed with a total of 967 voters made up of 598 west side voters and 369 east side voters, a hefty increase from last year’s 553 total voters.

City residents showed out to their polling locations throughout the day to place their vote on the numerous school district propositions including the 2016-2017 budget.
City residents showed out to their polling locations throughout the day to place their vote on the numerous school district propositions including the 2016-2017 budget.

“We are very gratified with the turnout this year. 967 is a good amount for our district and we appreciate the support of our community,” said Superintendent of Schools, William Lynch.

The $70,336,500 budget passed with 652 votes in favor and 235 opposing votes.

The 2016-2017 budget brings forth a 2.47% spending increase from last year’s budget and a 0.43% tax levy increase.

In terms of value, a house assessed at $70,000 will see an increase of $8.33 in taxes next year whereas a house valued at $100,000 will see an increase of approximately $12.

“We are very pleased the budget passed,” said Lynch. “A lot of good things came together for our budget this year, we received a good increase in state aid which we are in need of as a low wealth district. We are happy to maintain a strong, quality program with opportunities for students and a modest impact on the tax levy.”

New to the FCSD Board of Education, Paula Hayden and Lynn Lyons claimed both open seats on the Board of Education with 710 and 656 total votes respectively, beating out David Carvey, current board member that ran seeking reelection receiving 286 votes.

“First, I’d like to thank Mr. (David) Carvey for his years as a Board of Education member and his many years in the groups and committees throughout the district. He has been actively involved in our district in many ways for quite some time so I’d like to thank him for that,” said Lynch. “And I would like to welcome Mrs. (Paula) Hayden and Mrs. (Lynn) Lyons to the Board of Education, I appreciate their commitment to getting involved.”

To sum up the feelings of both newcomers to the Board of Education; excited.

“First I’d like to thank the voters that showed support for the Board of Education and for our district in passing the budget. I’m looking forward to working with the current board members and learning along the way. I’m very excited to start this new journey,” said Hayden.

Lyons agreed, “I’m very excited, I am really honored to have everyone that voted put faith in me that I’ll do a good job for the youth in our district. I’m very excited to get started,” she said.

Dennis Casey and Ellen Himes will join the Fulton Public Library Board of Trustees with 581 votes and 677 votes, respectively.

The library tax proposition passed with 683 votes in favor and 206 votes against. This increase for the Public Library Tax Levy amounted to $17,867; an increase that would cost a $1.75 tax increase next year for a home owner whose house assessed at $70,000.

“Congratulations to the Library Board for their success with votes on the library levy and specifically to Mr. (Dennis) Casey and Mrs. (Ellen) Himes as they are welcomed to the Board of Trustees,” said Lynch.

The transportation proposition passed with 605 votes in favor and 282 votes against. This proposition allows the purchase of two transportation vans at a total cost not to exceed $56,000.

Finally, FCSD gained authority to sell a wooded parcel of land located on Granby Elementary School property that is no longer used for school purposes to a resident with adjoining property at a cost of $500 plus expenses. The proposition received 790 votes in favor and 102 votes against.

“I just really want to thank everyone that was a part of the process from voting today to attending any meetings or presentations during the budget process. We will remain committed to providing the best programs and services we can to our students,” said Superintendent Lynch.

Newcomers Win Seats On Oswego School Board

OSWEGO, NY – A pair of newcomers claimed the two open seats on the Oswego School Board Tuesday night.

With all of the four polling sites reporting, Aimee Callen was the top vote getter and James Bell garnered the second most.

Callen has 1,966 (unofficial) votes and Bell trails her by slightly less than 100 votes with 1,870.

Former board members Fran Hoefer (1,190) and Bill Myer (714) came in third and fourth, respectively.

Current board president and write-in candidate Kathleen Allen finished in fifth position with nearly 800 votes.

The $79,510,611 budget plan for 2016-17 school year was also approved by the voters, with nearly 70 percent of the voters saying yes (2,521 to 1,116).

The proposition to purchase new buses was approved, but the vote was much closer – 1,810 to 1,801.

The budget includes a 2.5% levy increase. For a $100,000 home that translates into an additional $52.98, or $4.42 a month.

It also contains many reductions; several support staff and teaching positions were eliminated as well as a big chunk of the district’s athletic programs.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, the superintendent explained that the district is looking at various ways that some or all of the sports programs and coaches may be saved before the next season gets under way.


  1. See the Oswego teachers got out in force yet again giving us another tax increase….keep running the few taxpayers left here out with your greed and we’ll see where you stand in a few years.

  2. I see I must hurry & move out of here. Hopeless, totally hopeless the corruption that goes on.

  3. The “thinking” of some of you people …

    Teachers: greedy because they struggle for a middle-class existence after earning a Master’s Degree and dedicating their lives to teaching the next generation.

    Exelon Corporation: Not greedy even though they make payments in lieu of taxes instead of actual taxes based on the actual value of their property … and the fact that they are in the tens of billions of dollars in yearly revenue … they can’t spare a few million for the schools with the children that have to live near their extraordinarily dangerous facilities.

    It’s amazing the lengths some will go to avoid confronting corporate greed and corporate power … to blame working people instead of large corporations.

  4. Another successful rouse by the school district. Get everyone to focus on the sports cuts instead of the 13% tax increase to pass the budget. Now they have enough money from the tax increases to give huge raises to OCTA. Whatever.

  5. Wow! Some people think the teachers are so powerful! The public cast votes along with the teachers. I didn’t realize that the teachers outnumbered the non teachers by such a percentage! The community knows the fix we are all in and voted accordingly. Thank heavens they were informed enough to pass the budget and to also keep the misguided, mean spirited Hoferites at bay.

  6. Way to bury the lead. Oswego’s budget and all the cuts associated with a “yes” vote is the bigger story here. Why is that buried way down in the second to last paragraph? Journalism 101: inverted pyramid, lead with the biggest impact, etc.

    Oswego’s vote was certainly a lot more important than breaking down which side of the river had more voters in Fulton.

  7. Oswego made a choice a long time ago. We pay more for fewer teachers. Other districts think differently, smaller class sizes, more teachers, more ‘amenities,’ like sports/art/music. We choose.

    In the era of the nukes, Oswego residents didn’t pay for education. We do now, but we still pay the incoming teachers the same as we have done for long-term experienced teachers in other districts.. No tier for the learning curve…within five years they make more than 30 year veterans in other states (heck in OUR state!).

    But, OCTA makes this choice for us, which is annoying since there is no discussion. I truly believe those that ‘have’ have not idea what the non-government work is like…the hours, pay your own health insurance or pay the penalty.

    Some in Oswego call it greed. BUT still…Most understand that classrooms are not as they were in the fabulous fifties (or whatever we remember them as when we were racially and socially segregated).

    NOW A LOT more behavioral issues, a lot less support from parents who never accept that these behaviors originate at home. And, why is this? Parents working long hours to provide what the commercial America tells them we must all have. In the fabulous fifties we barely had one car per family, one black telephone with a party line, and if we were fortunate to own our home, it was furnished with hand-me-downs from the older folks, as were clothing, often shoes, and hair cuts were a semi-annual event. Toothbrushes and can openers were manual. And we had ONE t.v., if we had one at all (bars and ethnic clubs were handy for television as a social event, which didn’t hurt the economy at the time)

    So, what DO we do NOW? We have to tempt graduates to become educators, we have to provide additional ‘services’ to compensate for parents inability to parent (for whatever reason…and some IS their own fault), and finally, someone has to pay for it.

    Do I think we need larger class sizes? I do. In the 1960s the high school classes in my urban school were often 31 or 32 students. Elementary classes were a bit smaller at 28. But it was a different era. NO kid talked back to the teacher because there’d be hell to pay at home. Not to mention the guidance counselor would physically drag you down the hall to the principal’s office.

    Now it is child abuse, and there is a monetary settlement, with parents eager to justify either their issues, or point blank find some easy money.

    Thank you legal profession that makes their money on the backs of the taxpayers/the insurance companies. Heck, those teams of lawyers in urban areas make their money on all behaviors. Don’t start a business. IF the employee trips, well, they may never have to work again, and you will pay higher premiums for decades!

    So, $4.00 a month more taxes for many of us? Exhausting because for many homeowners/business owners, it is just more hours to work to pay it, and well, then the kids domino into bad behaviors, and the teachers need more tempting to teach in our schools..an endless cycle that is self-generating now.

    Unless we figure it out, taxes will go up, and eventually the bottom tier of home owners will drop out (more abandoned, or shabby rentals), kids will suffer.

    Maybe fewer teachers will mean only the best most dedicated will stick with it. HOPEFULLY SO!

  8. Thank you for your input, Former Journalist. Just to answer your question, this was a developing article and information was submitted based on how it was received. Fulton, being a smaller district with fewer polling locations was able to produce results much quicker than Oswego, therefore that information was provided first. We strive to provide all important, factual information for community members throughout the county and do so as efficiently as possible. Furthermore, the bigger story may vary by reader, meaning a Fulton taxpayer will likely find the bigger story to be ensuring their school budget passed and learning who will now represent their students on the Board of Education.
    Thank you,
    Mikayla Kemp

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