May 15, 2007

School board, budget votes today

This morning's Ithaca Journal reports on the school board and budget votes today, but can't be bothered to report where Ithaca City School District voters should vote.. As usual, Town of Dryden residents living in the Ithaca City School District, have a complicated maze of places to go:

  • If you live in election district 1 or 5 (meaning you vote at Etna Fire Station in regular elections), the parts of the Ithaca district east of Baker Hill Road, you vote at Northeast Elementary School (map).

  • If you live in election district 4, which includes Varna, Hanshaw Road from Ithaca to Route 13, and the area between Game Farm and Turkey Hill Roads, you vote at the Varna Community Center (map).

  • If you live in election district 8, the south side of Ellis Hollow Road over Snyder Hill to Route 79 and Bethel Grove (and normally vote at Bethel Grove Church), you vote at the Belle Sherman Annex (map).

  • If you live in election district 9, the north side of Ellis Hollow Road, Ellis Hollow Creek, Ringwood Road, and many other smaller roads there, then you vote at Caroline Elementary School (map).

ICSD polls are open from noon to 9:00pm.

The Journal does list the polling place for Dryden schools - the Middle School High School Auditorium, from 7:00am to 9:00pm.

The Journal's editorial today seems to be an overly simple vote against all school budgets today, plus a call for the county legislator to set a property tax levy goal. I agree completely that the way school aid is distributed makes little sense, but don't think voting no on budgets will fix it. (I have mixed feelings about the whole voting-on-the-school-budget thing too. I guess I'd encourage the state to adopt such a thing for its own budget and see how that goes...)

That editorial combined with their failure to list ISCD polling places makes me think I'll be voting Yes today. I haven't followed school budgets closely this year, so was planning to make up my mind this morning while reading their paper. Oops.

Posted by simon at May 15, 2007 12:04 PM in , ,
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