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Arlington Central School District elections (2014)

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2014 Arlington Central School District Elections

General Election date:
May 20, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
New York
Arlington Central School District
Dutchess County, New York ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New York
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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.[1]

About the district

See also: Arlington Central School District, New York
Arlington Central School District is located in Dutchess County, New York.
Arlington Central School District is located in Dutchess County, New York. The county seat of Dutchess County is Poughkeepsie. Dutchess County was home to an estimated 296,916 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[2] Arlington Central School District is the 19th-largest school district in New York, serving 9,471 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Dutchess County (%) New York (%)
White 82.7 71.2
Black or African American 10.7 17.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 3.7 8.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.2
Hispanic or Latino 11.0 18.2

2013 Party Affiliation, Dutchess County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 63,031 34.08
Republican 55,502 30.01
Independent 10,891 5.89
Constitution 3,635 1.97
Working Families 842 0.46
Green 471 0.25
Other 74 0.04
Unaffiliated 50,512 27.30

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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.[6]





Election results

Arlington Central School District, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPauline Herr 29.2% 2,321
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Bodnar 26.6% 2,114
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJim Shuttleworth Incumbent 24.8% 1,966
     Nonpartisan Sean Johnston Incumbent 19.4% 1,542
Total Votes 7,943
Source: Poughkeepsie Journal, "Arlington voters approve school budget," May 20, 2014


No candidates received endorsements for their campaigns.

Campaign finance

No candidates filed campaign finance reports with the New York State Board of Elections during the election.[7][8]

Past elections

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."[9]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Arlington Central School District election in 2014:[6]

Deadline Event
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.[10]

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