School Budget 2020–21
The Geneva City School District proposed budget passed with nearly 70 percent voter approval. Candidate Brian Finnerty won election to one five-year term on the school board.
All other propositions also passed. Voters approved the bus purchase, proposition 2, with over 64 percent in favor. The creation of a bus reserve was approved with nearly 62 percent in favor.
The library budget was approved with over 61 percent in favor.
PROPOSITION # 1: ADOPTION OF ANNUAL BUDGET
PROPOSITION #2: BUS ACQUISITION
PROPOSITION #3: AUTHORIZATION OF ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRANSPORTATION VEHICLE RESERVE FUND
PROPOSITION #4: PUBLIC LIBRARY VOTE AND ELECTION 2020-2021
BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
Fred Brockway: 73
Samuel Cappiello: 146
Sarah Cupelli: 271
Mike Ellis (incumbent): 116
Brian Finnerty: 1623
Antonio Gomez: 295
Shelley Higgins-Corbett: 32
Lisa Pietrocarlo: 86
RJ Rapoza: 129
A Message from Superintendent Newton
The budget before you represents our best guess at what a budget could be for next year. I realize you are accustomed to more definitive statements from us regarding our financial plans and projections, but the unprecedented pandemic our nation is facing has led us into some truly unexpected times.
I can tell you for certain that our total budget will not be greater than what you see before you—if anything, it will be less. The budget that you voted on, that the board has accepted, may in fact decrease if our state aid drops.
We proposed a 1.96 percent increase to the tax levy. This is within our 2 percent tax levy cap—anything else in this uncertain economy would be tone deaf. We will do what we can to continue offering the children of Geneva the opportunities they need for a 21st century education.
This is the last budget Geneva voted on with me at the helm of the school district, and I’d like to thank all of you for your support of our budgets during my tenure here. I hope that support will continue under the new administration.
There are difficult days ahead, but academically, we are in a strong position. Our students are performing better, our teachers are working more effectively, and our community partnerships are more numerous than ever.
I was given an amazing opportunity when I walked into this district, and I thank the school board that hired me for that—they believed I could move Geneva forward, and I have done my best to ensure their confidence was well placed. My husband, Scott, and I were embraced by Genevans, we’ve enjoyed a wonderful 8 and a half years in the district. I hope that you will show the same level of acceptance and warmth to my successor and his or her family. They will be faced with challenges, many of them difficult to predict, and they will need the strength and courage of Geneva with them as they do it.