FRONTIER — Just two years ago, Davis Podkulski was a senior in high school at Frontier, preparing to enter college at the University of Buffalo. Now, the still-teenager will have plans of a very different kind, in addition to pursuing his college degree(s)- helping make decisions regarding Frontier from the perspective of a school board member.
Podkulski pulled off the feat of earning election to one of two open board seats in the Frontier School District, along with incumbent candidate Janet Plarr edging fellow incumbent candidate Jack Chiappone. Podkulski garnered 1,213 votes and Plarr, 1,089, compared to Chiappone's 935.
The candidate had been an advocate for implementing the ex-officio, non-voting student representative to the board. He had campaigned extensively for the open board seat. Plarr has served on the board for the last 20 years, currently as board president. The two each earned a five-year board seat.
Chiappone served one five-year term on the board.
District voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 1- the district expenditure budget of $74,271,938- by a margin of 1,395 "Yes" to 496 "No." Proposition 2, the purchase of eight school buses, was also passed, 1,253 "Yes" to 627 "No." The expenditure budget represents a 1.44-percent increase from the 2013-14 total of $73,215,727. The tax rate for Hamburg residents is $25.97 per $1,000 of assessed value, an increase of 79 cents from 2013-14, and Eden residents in the district will pay $22.82 per $1,000, a hike of 69 cents from 2013-14. Both have increases of 3.15 percent, with an overall district tax levy of $36.22 million.
Proposition 2 includes spending $867,290 for the purchase of eight district school buses.