Rhinebeck has only 1 candidate for 2 school board openings

Rhinebeck voters go to the polls May 20 to vote on the school district budget and two Board of Education seats, but only one candidate has stepped forward.

School board president Deirdre Burns will be running for her fifth term, having already served 12 years on the board and three as its president. No other candidate has stepped forward to run for the other seat, which is being vacated by Diane Kantaros, who served one three-year term.

The seven-member board has seen some hard-fought elections in the past. Last year, for instance, there were four candidates for three seats. A hand count of ballots was required to settle that race, which came down to just three votes. And when Kantaros was elected, in 2011, there were three candidates for two spots.

A write-in candidate could potentially win the open seat this year, but if that does not happen, the seat will be filled by a special election at a later date.

The district budget of $30,851,358 holds a 1.87 percent tax levy increase, which stays under the state tax cap.

The public hearing on the budget will be held May 13 at 7pm in the high school library and the vote on May 20 will be held in the Bulkeley Middle School cafeteria from 2-9pm.

Voters can register to vote at the district clerk’s office at the high school during school business hours 9am-4pm until May 15. Budget documents can be reviewed at the district website, www.rhinebeckcsd.org/news.

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