EASTCHESTER, N.Y. - After asctertaining nearly two thirds of the vote, Eastchester voters overwhelmingly approved the Board of Education’s proposed $82 million schools budget.
On Tuesday, voters came out in droves to vote on the proposed $82.05 million spending plan, with 937 “yes” votes against just 513 “no” votes. The budget represents a 1.63 percent tax levy increase, under the mandatory state cap.
Board of Education Vice President Judah Holstein was narrowly voted off the board, with Steven Projansky edging him out by three votes with 730 to his 727. Incumbents Mary Messner Martin (997 votes) and Cheryl Smith (885) retained their seats, while candidate Sally Veltidi took the day with 1,002 votes.
With the budget approved, the high school will begin to implement its Advanced Science Research program, which is a three-year program where sophomores conduct independent scientific research on a topic of their choosing. They are then partnered with a mentor from nearby colleges, hospitals and corporations who assist the students out of the classroom. Work continues through senior year before presenting their final projects.
Multiple reading teachers will be added to the elementary schools, a modified cross country team will be established and five varsity assistant coaches will be added.