UTICA, N.Y. -- One seat was open on the Utica School Board, but there were four candidates running for the position.
Bob Cardillo beat out candidates Braeden Nana, James Paul, and William True.
At a public forum just a few weeks ago, many of the candidates outlined a need for more mental health resources for students.
Now that this year’s $186 million budget was adopted by the tax payers, Utica’s superintendent says there will be money carved out to provide the necessary resources and training to support new initiatives from the New York State Education Department including implementing mental health education literacy and creating a mental health support team.
Candidates also mentioned the importance of reducing class sizes – now that the budget has passed, the district will be adding 50 new teaching positions.
The budget has a zero percent tax increase and the superintendent says this is the first time in many years, the school district did not face a budget deficit.
Also on the ballot was one proposition, asking voters whether or not they want to fund the Utica Public Library by raising $800,000 through taxes. This is unrelated to the school, but it's state law that library votes must be presented on district ballots if a valid petition is prepared. The library proposition was also passed by voters.