Depew, Lancaster school budgets pass, board vacancies filled – Lancaster Bee

Absentee ballots for the school board election were opened in the Lancaster High School gym Tuesday, June 16.

The budgets passed in both the Lancaster Central Schools and the Depew Union Free Schools, and each board will have new trustees added in July.

Absentee ballots were opened on Tuesday, June 16, and certified by the Erie County Board of Elections on Wednesday, June 17.

For Depew, the nearly $46.3 million budget passed 1,264 votes to 997.

Also approved on the Depew ballot was a proposition to take $147,000 from a vehicle reserve account with excess funds specifically for the purchases of school buses and equipment, to purchase one 48-passenger bus with WiFi and to buy a surplus vehicle. The referendum passed, 1,578 to 675.

Two seats, both for three-year terms, were up for election on the Depew Board of Education. Residents Amy Doody and Nicholas LaMarca were both elected to fill the vacancies. Doody received 1,712 votes, and LaMarca received 1,680 votes.

For Lancaster, the nearly $114.5 million budget passed, 6,169 to 3,272.

Also on the ballot was a proposition to purchase buses using the voter-approved transportation reserve fund. This proposition passed 6,974 votes to 2,476.

Three seats, all for three-year terms, were up for election on the Lancaster Board of Education. Current board members Glenn Jackson and Michael Sage were reelected to serve on the board. The current board president, Patrick Uhteg Sr. stepped down, and his son, Patrick Uhteg Jr., was elected to fill the vacancy. Jackson received 7,178 votes, Sage received 7,102 votes, and Uhteg Jr. received 6,911 votes.

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