Voters approved the school budgets for Marlboro and Highland for 2022-23.
The Marlboro budget of $61,498,000 passed by a vote of 561 to 226
The two open school board seats were won by Frank Milazzo with 478 votes and JoAnn Reed with 446 votes. The other three candidates were Karen Brooks with 289 votes; Jeffrey Hacker with 121 votes and Rebecca Rhodes-Boykin with 65 votes.
Superintendent Michael Brooks said ultimately the kids are the winners with the passage of next year’s budget.
“We’re looking at academics, we’re looking at social emotional well-being and we’re also taking care of our physical assets,” he said. “We reduced the tax burden by 6%, so 71% of our people said thank you very much, you’re doing a good job.”
Brooks is looking forward to ending this year on a high note, pointing out that graduation is five weeks from this Friday.
The Highland budget of $48,998,581 passed by a vote of 693 to 249.
A bus proposition for $322,000 also passed by a vote of 669 to 272. This is for (1) 65 passenger bus; (1) 30 passenger bus; (1) wheel chair accessible vehicle and (1) four-wheel drive vehicle.
The two winning school board candidates were Tom Miller with 619 votes and Jeanine Gemmell with 431 votes. The other candidates were Sue Gilmore with 394 votes and Simone Stewart with 210 votes.
Superintendent Joel Freer thanked the community, “for coming out to show their strong support of our schools. We have worked hard to stay fiscally responsible while remaining true to our mission to keep our students as our priority.”