Last week, signs like this one started appearing all over town. Fortunately, most of the signs, unlike this one, actually tell you the date of the budget vote and the school board election: Tuesday, May 18.
The first line of the sign--"Your vote matters!"--strikes me as particularly cynical. The 2021-2022 budget is $52,244,404, an increase of $1,559,666 over last year. It is the biggest HCSD budget ever. If the voters were to reject the proposed budget, things will just revert to the contingency budget, which is $1,425,135 more than last year and still the biggest HCSD budget ever.
Regarding the school board vote, there are three openings on the school board and only one candidate running: Lucy Segar, wife of Nick Zachos, who is just ending his tenure as director of the Hudson Youth Department.
This year as last year, Ken Steffer, who watches the HCSD Board of Education far more closely than Gossips can manage, has shared his views about the state of the Hudson City School District and its proposed budget in an opinion piece, and Gossips is grateful for the opportunity to publish it: "COVID and the Students and Teachers and the Missed Opportunity to Create a Real 'Community' for the HCSD." It is recommended reading before Tuesday.
The polling place for Hudson voters this year is the Central Fire Station at 71 North Seventh Street. The polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.
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