Arlington Central School District elections (2014)
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Arlington Central School District
Dutchess County, New York ballot measures
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Three seats on the Arlington Central School District Board of Education were up for general election on May 20, 2014. Incumbent Jim Shuttleworth and newcomers Peter Bodnar and Pauline Herr defeated board member Sean Johnston to win the seats. Board President Neil Martin did not file for re-election.
About the districtDutchess County, New York. The county seat of Dutchess County is Poughkeepsie. Dutchess County is home to 296,916 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Arlington Central is the 19th-largest school district in New York, serving 9,471 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Dutchess County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New York in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 32.5 percent of Dutchess County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 32.8 percent for New York as a whole. The median household income in Dutchess County was $71,508 compared to $57,683 for the state of New York. The poverty rate in Dutchess County was 9.1 percent compared to 14.9 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
Method of board member selection
The Arlington Central Board of Education consists of nine members. All members are elected to three-year terms at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election and the general election was held on May 20, 2014. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and three seats will be up for election in 2015.
The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was April 21, 2014. Candidates had to file nominating petitions with at least 82 legitimate signatures to get on the ballot.
- Sean Johnston
- Jim Shuttleworth
|Arlington Central School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Jim Shuttleworth Incumbent||24.8%||1,966|
|Nonpartisan||Sean Johnston Incumbent||19.4%||1,542|
|Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, "Arlington voters approve school budget," May 20, 2014|
No candidates received endorsements for their campaigns.
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What was at stake?
Three at-large seats on the school board were up for election on May 20, 2014. The seats of incumbent board members Sean Johnston, Jim Shuttleworth and Board President Neil Martin were up for election. Martin did not file for re-election.
Issues in the district
Budget cuts and school closures
During the several years prior to this election, Arlington Central School District experienced significant budget shortfalls and student enrollment decline. When local residents rejected a district budget proposal at the ballot box in 2010, district officials closed LaGrange Elementary School and moved their offices to the former school building in order to reduce district spending by $1.1 million. On November 12, 2013, Superintendent Brendan Lyons provided the Arlington Central Board of Education with a budget plan for the 2014-2015 school year that featured significant reforms. These changes included closing Arlington Middle School and moving students from Arthur S. May Elementary School to the former Arlington Middle School building in order to close the Arthur S. May Elementary School building. District officials acknowledged that the school closure plan will result in the loss of 23 full-time positions and that other budget cutbacks would lead to a total staff reduction of 31 full-time positions. The board approved the plan on January 28, 2014. Local parent Laurie Leal criticized the plan, arguing that the transferal of students would burden teachers and adding, "I think the school closures are disgraceful. Schools are more than building[s]. It’s our community."
The following dates were key deadlines for the Arlington Central School District election in 2014:
|April 21, 2014||Last day to file nominating petitions|
|May 20, 2014||Election day|
Additional elections on the ballot
This election shared the ballot with a budget proposal and two additional propositions made by the Arlington Central School District. The 2014-2015 budget proposal totaled up to $193,518,394, which was a 1.25 percent increase from the 2013-2014 budget. The budget proposal was accompanied by a 2.0 percent increase in the tax levy. The other two propositions focused on transportation and health and safety. All three proposals were approved by voters.
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- Arlington Central School District, "2014 School Board Elections – Candidate Bios," accessed April 30, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Dutchess County, New York," accessed April 10, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- New York State Board of Elections, "NYS Voter Enrollment by County, Party Affiliation and Status - Voters Registered as of November 01, 2013," accessed April 10, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Poughkeepsie Journal, "Bids/Legal Notices/Foreclosures/Public Hearings," accessed April 10, 2014
- New York State Board of Elections, "Contribution Search," accessed May 20, 2014
- New York State Board of Elections, "Expenditure Search," accessed May 20, 2014
- Poughkeepsie Journal, "Arlington schools list big changes; district aims for smooth transition," April 10, 2014
- Arlington Central School District, "Arlington Proposes a Budget Under the Tax Levy Cap for the 3rd Year," accessed April 10, 2014
|2014 Arlington Central School District Elections|
|Dutchess County, New York|
|Election date:||May 20, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Incumbent, Sean Johnston • Incumbent, Jim Shuttleworth • Peter Bodnar • Pauline Herr|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|