An unusual number of write-in candidates slowed down the vote count, but the results are finally in tonight for Tuesday’s school board and budget election in the Ithaca City School District.
All three propositions on the ICSD ballot passed, including a proposed budget of $119,088,829 for fiscal year 2016-2017, a proposed appropriation for school buses, and a proposed lease of Enfield school property to the Enfield Community Council.
Only three official candidates were certified for Tuesday’s ballot, seeking four positions on the Ithaca City School District board of education, so the fourth slot brought out a number of would-be write-in candidates.
The winners of the school board positions were Eldred V. Harris, J.D., Robert Ainslie, Bradley Grainger, the three candidates on the ballot, and Nicole LaFave, one of the write-in candidates.
The school district says the top vote earner with 1,741 votes, Dr. Harris, will begin his term immediately upon taking the oath of office and serve until June 30, 2019; Ainslie and Grainger, with 1,685 and 1,641 votes, respectively, will serve three-year terms from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019; and LaFave, with 661 votes, will serve out the incomplete term of Jen Curley, beginning immediately and serving until June 30, 2018.
School district officials did not release a complete vote breakdown or the vote totals for the other write-in candidates who had expressed interest in the board seats.