Budget passes; Setser, Kortvelesy, Beatty win
MILLVILLE -- Voters approved Tuesday the $9.79 million tax levy for the 2008-09 school year and elected Dan Kortvelesy, Fred Setser and Michael Beatty three open, three-year seats on the Board of Education. Connie Johnson and newcomer Mark Krull won one-year seats. There were a total of 11 prospective candidates.
The winning candidates -- including three incumbents, but not Millville Senior High student candidate David Gifford -- will be sworn in Monday.
Kortvelesy received 512 votes; Setser received 528; and Beatty received 457. Johnson received 416 votes and Mark Krull received 397.
Voters also approved
The budget the school board submitted to the state already included 40 position cuts; tuition increases for
Beatty, who was re-elected to his second term, said board members were concerned about voters defeating the budget, which he said would have meant more cuts for the district.
"We're very pleased the public supported us," he said. "We tried to put it in front of them and tell them how much we needed it."
Most of the candidates gathered at City Hall to watch the results unveiled on a large screen.
Krull eagerly awaited the vote totals, hoping for his first term on the board.
"I had no idea if I'd flop or if I'd be the top person," he said. "I feel good. It was a lot of hard work by a lot of people."
Johnson was re-elected to her fourth term, and said she wasn't nervous about the outcome.
"I've been through it before," she said. "I'll work to ensure the quality of education for our children and watching over the tax dollars."
The city reported 1,001 residents voted, a 6.29 percent turnout of registered voters.