2022-2023 School Budget and Vote Information

2022-2023 Annual School Budget Vote, Board Election Information, and Budget Hearing

May 10, 2022 at 5:00 PM | 
Budget Hearing

The Budget Hearing will be held at 430 W. Washington Ave. and virtually, live-streamed at http://ideas.gstboces.org/elmira/video

May 17, 2022 from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM | Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election

School District voters residing North of Chemung River (including residents of the Lowman area) vote at Ernie Davis Academy located at 933 Hoffman Street.  School District voters residing South of Chemung River (including residents of Golden Glow area) vote at Elmira High School located at 777 S. Main Street.

Who is an eligible voter?

Registered to vote in general elections
• A resident of the District for at least 30 days preceding the election
• At least 18 years old on the date of the election
• A U.S. Citizen

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What is on the 2022 Ballot?


RESOLVED, that the proposed $138,440,248 General Fund Budget of the Elmira City School District, Chemung County, New York for 2022-2023 be approved in accordance with Section 2022 of the Education Law and that the balance of said budget, after applying public monies thereto, be raised by a tax upon the taxable property of said district.


RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Elmira City School District be authorized to sell the real property located at 414 Davis St., City of Elmira, Chemung County, New York (Tax Parcel Number 89.18-7-1), commonly known as Booth School and consisting of approximately 3.90 acres and improvements thereon, to Andrew Mitchell and Andrew Hughes, for an amount not less than two-hundred ninety-nine thousand Dollars ($299,000).


RESOLVED, that the Board of Education be authorized to establish a capital reserve fund under the provisions of Education Law Section 3651(1) for the purposes of capital construction, repair, and rehabilitation and for the acquisition of furniture, fixtures, buses, and equipment; in a total amount not to exceed $20,000,000; for a probable term of ten years; and funded  by any or all of the following sources; unappropriated fund balances from the general fund, state aid related to expenditures from this capital reserve fund, interest income related to investment of monies in the fund, and any other additional monies hereafter authorized by the voters of the District.


Three (3) seats on the Board of Education are to be filled at the Annual Budget Vote and School Board Election to be held on May 17, 2022. The three (3) candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to three-year terms commencing July 1, 2022 and expiring June 30, 2025.

Candidate Name: Ruth Bruning

Ruth Bruning

Education Summary:
 B.A. Principia College, Illinois (Music; Elementary Education)
M.A. New York University (Elementary Music Education)
Additional Graduate work St. Thomas University, Hamline University, Westminster
Choir College, SUNY Potsdam

Career Summary:

• Elmira School Board Member July, 2019 through June, 2022
• Currently an Executive Board Member with The Cantata Singers, The Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery and Corning Painted Post Civic Music
• Vocal Music Teacher, K-6, Elmira City School District, retired (41 years)
• Served at various times on building and district committees including Building Planning; Professional Development; Technology; Report Cards; Building Renovation
• Treasurer for Fassett Parent Faculty Organization (PFO)

Candidate Quote:
“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, staff and community as a Board Member these past three years…years that included unimaginable challenges. I participated on Board committees to support initiatives to meet the needs so that every student could succeed. I listened, collaborated and then cheered the accomplishments of students and staff. I chaired the School Board Audit and Finance Committee with a commitment to making fiscally responsible decisions. There are exciting things happening in Elmira and I look forward to continuing the work to reach the goals.”

Candidate Name: Julie Wray

Julie Wray

Education Summary:
AS, Liberal Arts
Corning Community College
30 hours towards BS, Liberal Arts
Major: Writing and Psychology
Cazenovia College

Career Summary:
My career has been an interesting and diverse experience. I have worked as an Executive Secretary to the Sales and Marketing group in Houston, Texas; I then worked as a legal secretary in the Warren County District Attorney's Office in Warren, Pennsylvania; upon my turn to my home state, I finished out my career at Corning Community College, starting in the Admissions Office before promotion to the position as Administrative Assistant to the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. After 25 years of service, I retired from CCC in 2012.

Candidate Quote:
“Having worked most of my life in education and having served on the ECSD Board of Education for the past two years, I feel like I have more work to do. I am invested in education, and more importantly to the education of our future leaders. Children are our most precious asset, and my goal is to assist in the process of building their character to point them in the direction of a successful and productive life in our society. I am proud of the work being done by the entire staff of the ECSD in this endeavor and feel honored that the people in this community have put their trust in me to represent them fairly and objectively.”

Candidate Name: Joshua Palmer

Joshua Miller

Education Summary:
Graduate of Elmira Southside High School
Bachelor of Education from Mansfield University
Series 6 & 63 Securities License
Life, Health, & Accident New York State License
Property and Casualty Insurance New York State License

Career Summary:
President & Principal of Swan & Sons Morss CO. (Part of the Dunn Group)-18 years- current position
Teacher Elmira City School District – 3 years

For full details, please reference the Budget Newsletter and Budget Book published below:

> 2022 Spring ECSD Newsletter, Budget Edition
> 2022 Budget Book

Absentee Ballots Application and Vote Processes

The ECSD mails absentee ballots to voters listed as ‘permanently disabled’ by the Chemung County Board of Elections. Other registered voters who cannot get to the polls on May 17, 2022 may also vote by using an absentee ballot.

Voters wishing to vote by Absentee Ballot must complete an Absentee Ballot application. Absentee Ballot applications can be picked up at the Chemung County Board of Elections located at 378 S. Main St. in Elmira. Applications must be received by the School District Clerk by May 10, 2022 for the Ballot to be mailed to the voter (7 days prior).

Voters who have completed and returned an application in exchange for an Absentee Ballot are required to return the completed ballot back by 5 p.m. on May 17, 2022. Returning by Mail: Ballots should be mailed back to District
Administration Offices by 5 p.m. on May 17, 2022. Absentee ballots mailed to voters include a prepaid return envelope.

Returning In-Person: Voters can drop-off their ballots in-person by 5 p.m. on May 17, 2022 to the Chemung County Board of Elections located at 378 S. Main St. in Elmira.

Budget Presentations to the Board 

>Presentation to the Board of Education, April 20, 2022
>Presentation to the Board of Education, April 6, 2022
>Presentation to the Board of Education, March 16, 2022