Mark your calendars. Tuesday, May 15, is the day of the school district elections. This year voters in the Hudson City School District will be asked to approve a budget of $41,550,715 for the 2012-13 school year, which represents a 2.78 percent increase in the tax levy, and to vote for two candidates for the school board: Carrie Otty, widow of former board president Jeff Otty, who assumed his seat after his death and now must be elected to remain on the board; and Tiffany Martin Hamilton, who attended HCSD schools growing up and recently moved back to Hudson with her husband and two young children, one of whom will be entering kindergarten in the fall.
Sadly, voting in the school district elections seems like an empty gesture. As we saw last year, the Board of Education can simply ignore the will of the taxpayers if they vote to reject the proposed budget, and two candidates running for two vacant seats represents no choice either. Audra Jornov reports the details in the Register-Star: "2 candidates run to fill 2 HCSD board seats."