Board of Education Approves Yearly Budget, Public Slated To Vote Online

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JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Board of Education approved the 2020-21 Budget on Tuesday.

The proposed 2020-21 Budget of $88,313,617 will be presented for public vote via absentee ballots with ballots due back to the District Clerk by June 9, at 5 p.m., by mail or in person.

In an executive order issued on Friday, May 1, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that this year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The Public Hearing for the Proposed 2020-21 Budget will be on June 1, at 6 p.m. The Public Hearing will be held remotely. The public can access the Budget Hearing

There are two propositions on the absentee ballot:

  • The first proposition is for the JPS Proposed 2020-21 Budget not to exceed $88,313,671, which includes NO tax increase.
  • The second proposition is the Prendergast Library Association asking the public to approve a tax levy of $350,000 for the purpose of funding the library.

There are also three seats up for election to the Board of Education, each for a three-year term beginning in July. There are three candidates on the ballot: Paul Abbott, Shelly Leathers and Christine Schnars.

The executive order establishes a timeline of actions that schools must undertake leading up to this date, including sending an absentee ballot with a prepaid return envelope to all registered voters.

Qualified voters are defined as U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and have lived in the district for at least 30 days prior to the vote. Residents can register to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles at

Those with questions on the budget vote or the process, are asked to call JPS District Clerk, Jaunita Walter, at 716-483-4420 or email at

For more information on the JPS Proposed 2020-21 Budget, visit


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