OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City School District’s 2013-14 budget was overwhelmingly approved by the voters Tuesday night.
The unofficial results were 1,131 yes to 407 no.
Voters also returned two incumbents, Kathleen Allen and Jim Tschudy to the board.
Unofficially, Allen was the top vote-getter with 1,024. Tschudy received 916.
Newcomer Heather DelConte received the second highest vote total, 970.
“I am a little shocked, definitely,” DelConte told Oswego County Today. “It’s going to be an adventure and a meaningful journey. I am going to have to learn and grow as we go.”
She wanted to thank the voters for the strong show of support.
“I feel blessed and humbled by the support,” she said. “I am excited at the privilege to be able to serve the community; it is a big responsibility. I am looking forward to learning and helping the district succeed.”
The terms of incumbents Allen and Tschudy expire on June 30.
Allen and DelConte will serve three year terms and will take their oath of office at the reorganizational meeting in early July.
Tschudy will now finish the unexpired term of William Myer.
Myer resigned the board and his term expires on June 30, 2014.
Mike McLaughlin received 849 votes.
Allen thanked the voters for their support.
“I really didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “I appreciate all the support from the community.”
While she admits the next couple of years will be tough, the district is up to the challenge, she said.
“I think the board is a great team. Everyone is working together,” the current board vice president added. “We’re going to keep moving ahead.”
“The board is a good team and I think we have the district moving in the right direction,” he said. “There are some tough times ahead. But, I believe we can get through it if we continue to work together.”
“I appreciate the support I’ve received and look forward to another year on the board,” he continued. “I enjoy the opportunity to serve.”
He is looking forward helping select a new superintendent to replace Bill Crist, who is retiring next month.
“I think it is helpful for new leadership to emerge in the community,” he said. “It is important that this happens. It brings in new ideas and outlooks.”
The second proposition on the ballot was to purchase a dozen buses. This would include seven 66-passenger budgets, two seven-passenger Suburbans as well as two 30-passenger buses and a 30-passenger wheelchair bus.
The unofficial result was 1,116 yes to 429 no.
The Oswego Library’s budget was approved, unofficially 889 yes to 302 no.