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Here’s More Fuel On the Fire of Suspected Irregularities in the Recent School Budget and Board of Education Voting. These Figues Could Add Up to Trouble for The District or They May Simply Indicate the Community’s Response to a Very Contentious Issue Up For the Vote. What do YOU think?
Do You Think These Figures Spell Trouble?
A Reader / Contributor sent this inquiry to Superintendent Smith:
I wonder if you could provide some intelligence to explain why we find these figures and what a possible explanation would be for the incredible increase in turnout?
Certainly, the population in this area has decreased in terms of voters but this year’s figure appears to be almost DOUBLE previous years’ figures! That’s extraordinary, indeed!
These numbers are straight from the NYS Education Department Website!
year number of voters
2012-2013 3425 <————- Our community hasn’t grown that much! Somethings WRONG! BoE Count is even higher: 3438!
2011-2012 1998 Voters
In fact, comparing the turnout of voters for the BoE member candidates we see an extraordinary increase in turnout compared with the previous elections: I am using as my reference the May 26, 2011 report appearing in the Ravena News Herald, Mixed reactions to RCS school district vote , which makes the statement:
“Incumbent Mike Robbins and co-platform candidates Krzykowski and Lukens came away as clear winners with 879, 788 and 744 votes, respectively.
“The next highest total was William McFerran with 661 votes followed by Cathy DeLuca, 640, incumbent Chris Pennock, 614, Andres Jimenez, 589 and Judy Sylvester, 581.
“The total number of votes cast was 1,998, representing roughly 17 percent of the district’s 11,618 voters, according to Superintendent Daniel Teplesky.”
[Editor’s Note: If you click on the link to that News Herald article, and ignore the date, it might have been written describing this year’s campaigning and voting, except for the numbers. Those pesky numbers!]
The arithmetic mean (average) I calculate from all candidates in the last elections is 687 votes compared with this year’s 1886, almost 3x the previous year’s average. This represents, assuming no population change since the 2011 elections 29.5% of eligible voters, or almost 3x the previous year’s turnout. Why would that be, I wonder?
Alice Whalen = 2216 votes
Sunilda Swann = 1578
Howard Engel = 2206
Judith Sylvester = 1600
Edward Reville = 1831
Mean (average) for 2012 = 1886.2 vs. 2011 = 687
I understand you will be making a statement on the alleged voting irregularities that were reported in various places; it might be a good time to comment on these figures not hyperbolically enthusiastically but with a palatably realistic and credible explanation.
Superintendent Elizabeth Smith’s Response: “I believe the increase in the number of voters casting ballots this year reflects their interest in the budget, and the quality of education the children of this community will receive in the future.”
I did expect a bit more for $140,000 a year; but does it get any more politically safe than a response like that? She must think everyone in this community is as stupid as the general Coeymanazi population!
Do you buy that? Those who know this community would find such “outsider” wisdom a bit, well, naive (and I’m being kind; Smith is certainly not familiar with the local culture, she is a carpetbagger of a sort). Wanna buy a bridge?
Where was Jerry Deluca, Matt Miller, the Pieter B Coeymanazis during the vote tallying? (Just joking…almost.)
Do You Still Have Questions, Too? CONTACT!
Ms Elisabeth R. Smith, Superintendent
RCS CSD District Office
15 Mountain Rd.
Ravena, NY 12143
And the entire RCS CSD Board of Education at e-mail: BoardMembers@rcscsd.org
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