MAYVILLE – The votes are in and every school budget in Chautauqua County has been overwhelmingly approved by voters.
The Chautauqua County Board of Elections reports that all 18 districts in the county saw their budgets approved by voters. In addition, every district that had additional propositions (most dealing with borrowing for bus/transportation purchases) were also approved.
Every district in the county also held a school board election, with most of them being uncontested. However, in Jamestown four candidates ran for two board seats – with incumbent board member Patrick Slagle gaining the largest number of votes to secure his reelection. In addition, former board member Joe Pawelski, who ran as a last-minute write-in candidate, received the second highest number of votes.
More than 960 residents came out to vote in the Jamestown school election, with Slagle picking up 851 votes and Pawelski gaining 638. Coming in third was Jeffrey Yeates with 258 and Todd Rushforth finished fourth with 198.
Current school board president Joe DiMaio also had his name on the ballet but said that he had decided against seeking another term on the board. Despite his announcement he still received 101 votes.
The $79.18 million Jamestown school budget was approved 757 to 207 while the $930,000 transportation proposition was approved 772 to 191.
All results from the election are unofficial until the canvass of votes, taking place Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Board Room at 197 Martin Road. The board will also hold a regular meeting as well.