PCSD Budget Passes, Asher, Grippe, Matcovsky Elected to New Terms

On Tuesday, May 21, voters approved next year’s Pawling Central School District (PCSD) budget. In addition, Board of Education members Dr. Jeff Asher, Dr. Edward Grippe, and Harvey Matcovsky were all re-elected and will all serve three-year terms.

District voters would approve the PCSD’s proposed spending plan for the 2019 – 2020 school year by vote of 417 to 126. The budget of $38,750,576 represents a 2.87% increase from the current year. The tax levy of $29,037,734 is a 1.25% increase, and also falls under the tax gap.

“We are grateful for the community's support and investment in our students,” said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Kim Fontana. “The Board's careful stewardship of district resources continues to enable us to carefully and judiciously enhance programs and facilities for the benefit of Pawling's youth. We deeply appreciate the confidence in the District's governance team that the community has demonstrated.”

In addition to passing the budget, voters would also re-elect Dr. Jeff Asher, Dr. Edward Grippe, and Harvey Matcovsky to new three year terms on the Board of Education. Dr. Asher would receive 419 votes, Dr. Grippe would tally 399 votes, and Mr. Matcovsky received 359 votes.

“I am pleased to be once again elected to represent the Pawling community on the Pawling School Board,” said Asher, who was re-elected for a third time to the Board. “I especially look forward to assisting in the successful transition as Kim Fontana becomes our new Superintendent on July 1.” He would go on to add, “I want to continue the progress that the School Board has made in the last six-years by expanding the educational opportunities for all our children. Ever mindful that this must be done with an eye to keeping a rein on the cost of education.”

His sentiments were echoed by Harvey Matcovsky, who said, “I thank those who came out to overwhelmingly support the 2019 – 2020 budget. I pledge to do my best in providing the children of Pawling with a quality 21st century education while minimizing future budgets and adhering to the 2% tax cap.” Asher, Grippe, and Matcovsky all ran for their seats unopposed.