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School Board Elections Take Place Tuesday In Mount Pleasant

Voters throughout Mount Pleasant will head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for school budgets and school board members.
Voters throughout Mount Pleasant will head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for school budgets and school board members. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – Voters throughout Mount Pleasant will head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the annual school board elections and budget vote.

Elections are uncontested for the Mount Pleasant Central School District, the Valhalla Union Free School DIstrict, the Pleasantville Union Free School District and the Pocantico Hills Central School District.

Mount Pleasant

Two candidates will run for two seats in Mount Pleasant. Valhalla resident and incumbent Christopher Pinchiaroli will seek re-election. Former Mount Pleasant school board member Theresa Fowler is also running for a seat on the Board of Education. Fowler was ousted by voters last year.

The Mount Pleasant Board of Education has adopted a $52.5 million budget that maintains services while staying within the tax cap. It would raise the tax rate by an estimated 2.68 percent.

Valhalla

Two incumbents are running unopposed for two open seats on the Valhalla Board of Education: LaVerne Clark and Joseph Garbus.

The Valhalla Board of Education has adopted a $45.5 million budget that maintains the current program while staying under the tax cap. The budget would raise the tax rate by an estimated 4.26 percent for Greenburgh residents, 2.73 percent for Mount Pleasant residents and 5.84 percent for North Castle residents.

Pleasantville

One candidate is running in Pleasantville: Current School Board Vice President Shane McGaffey.

The Pleasantville Union Free School District adopted a $46.32 million budget that includes some staff reductions, including four teacher assistants, 10 teacher aides and one teacher. The budget stays within the tax cap and would increase the tax rate by an estimated 2.54 percent.

Pocantico Hills

In Pocantico Hills, two incumbents are running unopposed for two seats: Fred Rickles and Emily Segal.

The Pocantico Hills Board of Education has adopted a $29 million budget that maintains the current program while staying within the tax cap. It would raise the tax rate by an estimated 2.74 percent in Mount Pleasant and 4.27 percent in Greenburgh.

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