Today, Tuesday, May 21, Pelham voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots on the proposed 2019-20 school budget and select three candidates to serve on the Board of Education.

The polls open at 7 am and close at 9 pm and all voting will take place in the PMHS Main Gym at 575 Colonial Avenue. Free 15-minute parking will be available in the high school circular driveway and along Corlies Avenue.

Elementary children, with their parents, can vote on the annual Kids' Vote  between 3-9 pm. The choices are Picnic Day, Extra Recess Day, Pajama Day and Game Day!

The four candidates seeking three three-year terms on the Board of Education:

John S. Brice

Vincent A. Mazzaro

Steven E. Shekane

Leah G. Tahbaz

Here is the 2019-20 Budget At-a-Glance:

Total Budget Appropriations - $74,930,000

Tax Levy Increase - 3.17% (Tax Cap Compliant)

Budget-to-Budget Increase - 1.74%

Highlights of the proposed budget follow—

Elementary Schools

Completion of the Foreign Language Elementary School (FLES) program phase-in, providing Spanish language instruction to all students grades 2-5.

Creation of a fourth elementary psychologist, providing one dedicated clinician per school to bolster social-emotional supports.

New elementary interventionist/teacher to bolster Response to Intervention services and enhance academic supports.

Middle School

Maintains commitment to enhancing International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme through continued professional learning for staff.

Continues support for 1:1 Chromebook Initiative through refresh of select devices.

High School

Increases dual enrollment, AP, and elective courses at PMHS, such as A Study in Dramatic Literature (Adelphi), AP Computer Science Principles, Modern Drama, Global Arts, Intro to Programming and App Design, and Intro to Programming and Robotics. Includes unified basketball and girls' ice hockey as new athletic offerings.

More information on the budget is available on the District website (

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