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2019 Budget Vote & School Board Election

Tuesday May 21, 2019 from 12:00-9:00 p.m. 

Click here to go to the Budget Development page 

Click here to go to the 2019 Capital Project page


Please contact the District Clerk at (607)274-2102 or with any questions.      

Absentee Ballot Applications must be received by the District Clerk by:

  • 5:00 p.m. on May 14, 2019 if the absentee ballot is to be mailed to the voter
  • 5:00 p.m. on May 20, 2019 if the absentee ballot is to be delivered personally to the voter at the district office
(The application form is available at the District Office or downloaded from this page)
Propositions on the May 21, 2019 Ballot
Proposition No. 1   Proposed 2019-2020 Budget
Shall the Board of Education of the Ithaca City School District, City of Ithaca, Tompkins County, New York, be authorized to expend $131,954,987 the amount set forth in the proposed budget, and to accumulate the balance proposed in the said budget during the school year, beginning July 1, 2019, and to levy the necessary tax therefor?

Proposition No. 2   Capital Reserve Funds
Shall the Board of Education of the Ithaca City School District (the “District”) be authorized to appropriate funds from the District's “2018 Capital Reserve Fund” in the maximum amount of $1,150,841.82 and to combine said funds with $358,296.74 of funds that were previously authorized by the voters to be transferred from the 2013 Capital Reserve Fund to the District’s capital fund, but that remain unspent due to an unexpected reduction in project costs; and to expend these combined funds for the following purposes: (1) Reconstruction: replacement/improvements to corridors, classrooms, restroom, and entry area at Cayuga Heights Elementary School, interior renovations at Northeast Elementary School, and a parking lot expansion at Northeast Elementary School; and (2) Bus Purchases: eight (8) full size gasoline buses?

Proposition No. 3   2019 Capital Project
Shall the March 26, 2019 bond resolution authorizing the construction of improvements to and reconstruction of various School District buildings and facilities, at a maximum cost of $120,000,000, and authorizing the issuance of $120,000,000 bonds (30-year maximum maturity); providing for a tax levy therefor in annual installments; pledging the District’s faith and credit for debt service; delegating powers with respect to bonds and notes; and providing for an estoppel procedure, be approved?

School Board Candidates
School Board candidates to be on the ballot May 21 
for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2019:

Bradley Grainger 421 Highland Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Eldred Harris
Robert Ainslie 124 Woolf Lane
Ithaca, NY 14850




The District has established personal registration of voters and has divided the School District into 12 election districts. Accordingly, the only persons entitled to vote on May 21, 2019 are those who are “qualified voters” and who are “registered” to vote as set forth herein. To be a “qualified voter” a person must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and a legal resident of the District for a period of 30 days immediately preceding May 21, 2019. If a “qualified voter” has previously registered with the District or with the County Board of Elections and has voted within the last four (4) calendar years, he or she is eligible to vote at the May 21, 2019 Annual District Meeting and Election without re-registering. All other persons who wish to vote at the Annual District Meeting and Election must either pre-register with the District Clerk as set forth below, or be registered with the Tompkins County Elections Board to vote in general elections, pursuant to the provisions of Article 5 of the Election Law, on the date of the District’s Annual District Meeting and Election.

For those “qualified voters” who are not yet “registered” to vote, the District has authorized continuous registration of qualified voters in the Office of the Clerk of the School District, 400 Lake Street, Ithaca, New York, until May 7, 2019, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., at which time any qualified voter who appears personally will be entitled to have his or her name placed on the District's Register.

Be Sure to Know Your Polling Place

School Election Districts
(school election polling places)
General Election Polling Places General Election Districts
1. Lehman Alternative School
111 Chestnut Street
Ithaca, New York
  • Lehman Alternative Community School
  • Town of Ithaca Public Works -106 Seven Mile Dr.
  • Linderman Creek Apts. Community Bldg. - 201 Cypress Ct.
Ward 1, Districts 1 and 2 of the City of Ithaca
Town of Ithaca, District 2
Town of Ithaca, District 10
2. Beverly J. Martin School
309 W. Buffalo Street
Ithaca, New York
  • GIAC - 301 W. Court St.
  • Titus Towers Housing II
  • Tompkins County Public Library
Ward 2, Districts 1 and 3 of the City of Ithaca
Ward 1, District 3; Ward 2, District 2 of the City of Ithaca
Ward 2, District 4 of the City of Ithaca
3. Belle Sherman Annex
75 Cornell Street
Ithaca, New York
  • Belle Sherman Annex
  • St. Luke Lutheran Church -119 Oak Ave.
  • Ellis Hollow Apt. Community Center
  • Bethel Grove Church Activities Center
Ward 3, Districts 1 - 3 of the City of Ithaca
Ward 4, District 1 of the City of Ithaca
Town of Ithaca, Districts 4 and 11
Town of Dryden, District 8
4. Fall Creek School
202 King Street
Ithaca, New York
  • Alice Cook House - Stewart & University
  • Fall Creek School
Ward 5, District 3 of the City of Ithaca
Ward 5, Districts 1 and 2 of the City of Ithaca
5. South Hill School
520 Hudson Street
Ithaca, New York
  • South Hill School
  • College Circle Community Center
Ward 1, District 4 of the City of Ithaca
Town of Ithaca, Districts 3 and 12
6. Franziska Racker Centers
3226 Wilkins Road
Ithaca, New York
  • Franziska Racker Centers
  • Museum of the Earth
Town of Ulysses, District 4
Town of Ithaca, District 1
7. Enfield School
20 Enfield Main Road
Ithaca, New York
  • Enfield School
Town of Enfield, Districts 1 - 3
8. Danby Fire Station
1780 Danby Road
Ithaca, New York
  • Danby Fire Station
Town of Danby, Districts 1 and 3
Town of Candor, Tioga County
9. Cayuga Heights School
110 East Upland Road
Ithaca, New York
(use Parkway entrance)
  • Kendal at Ithaca
  • First Congregational Church of Ithaca
  • Ithaca Reform Temple
  • Lansing Village Hall
Town of Ithaca, District 7
Town of Ithaca, Districts 8 and 9
Town of Lansing, Districts 5 and 7
Town of Lansing, District 6
10. Caroline School
2439 Slaterville Road
Slaterville, New York
  • Caroline Center Church
  • Brooktondale Fire Hall
  • Varna Community Center
Town of Caroline, District 1
Town of Caroline, Districts 2 and 3
Town of Dryden, District 9
Town of Richford, Tioga County
11. Northeast School
425 Winthrop Drive
Ithaca, New York
  • Etna Fire Station
Town of Ithaca, Districts 5 and 6
Town of Dryden, Districts 1 and 5
12. Varna Community Center
943 Dryden Road
Ithaca, New York
  • Varna Community Center
Town of Dryden, District 4