On Tuesday, June 9th the Jamesville-DeWitt community will elect three new school board members, with seven candidates running for these positions. These candidates are Kerry Coleman-Herrick, Michael Gilbert Psy.D., (George) Joseph Gross, Michelle Kielbasinski, David Leach, Steve Theobald and Christine Woodcock Dettor.  The school budget vote and Board of Education election, typically held on the third Tuesday in May, was postponed and then ordered to be held via mail in ballot. Jamesville-DeWitt sent out over 12,000 ballots to district residents. The ballots were sent out to all registered voters from a list generated by the Onondaga County Board of Elections. 

Due to COVID-19 the J-D school district will receive less state aid. In response to this, the proposed budget for 2020-21 is $58,640,975, which is a 1.61% increase over the previous year’s budget. The revenue plan includes $14,054,592 in state aid and continued use of reserves/fund balance, which is $915,362. The district is also planning a tax levy increase of 3.39%, which is the allowable levy limit for J-D. Last year’s tax levy increase of 3.66% resulted in a tax rate increase of 1.42%. 

“On Tuesday, June 9th the Jamesville-DeWitt community will elect three new school board members, with seven candidates running for these positions.”

The current Board of Education has various propositions for this year’s School Budget Vote. These propositions include the purchase of one diesel bus with cameras at an approximate cost of $96,074, three gasoline buses with cameras at an approximate cost of $110,000 and one micro bus with cameras at an approximate cost of $64,766. Another would be the purchase of one Dump Truck/Snow Plow with an approximate cost of $244,000.

Other Information:

Over the next week letters written to the Jamesville-DeWitt High School community by the candidates will be posted, allowing for residents of the district to gain a better idea of who the candidates are and what they wish to accomplish if elected.

View candidate letters in our news section.

Detailed copies of the budget are available by contacting the district office. Residents are invited to attend the virtual budget hearing scheduled for Monday, June 1, 7:00 PM. 

 Voting Ballots are available through the District Office and Due Back by 5:00 pm, June 9th, 2020. For more information call: (315) 445-8304 or email thauser@jd.cnyric.org

Complete candidate biographies and details of the budget proposal are available in the special edition of the JD Journal mailed to all district homes in April and reprinted online at:

JD 2020 – 2021 Proposed Budget inside Vote!