Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00
The May 17 board of education and budget votes resulted in two districts, Carle Place and East Meadow, passing their budgets and the other, Westbury, failing for the second straight year.
The Westbury School District budget was voted down by a margin of 642 in favor and 683 against.
Current Board of Education Trustee Karin Campbell will retain her seat, receiving 727 votes. Laura Pierce received 765 votes and will fill the other vacant seat. Candidate Stan Ercolano received 643 votes.
During the May 19 Westbury Board of Education Action Meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Constance Clark-Snead explained the next step for the board and the budget.
“At this time our budget did not pass, unfortunately. I was very saddened about that and the board is in deliberations as to our next step. Tentatively, if they decide to put the budget up again, the voting will take place on June 21, and that’s a date set by the State,” said Clark-Snead.
The superintendent said she was disappointed in the turnout for the district’s open house on May 17, but encouraged residents to “do better” in the next open house in the fall.
“Come and see the technology, come and see the programs because our students are doing wonderfully,” said Clark-Snead.
Carle Place residents voted in favor of the upcoming school year budget, 725 to 407. Also on the ballot was Proposition 2, which would have changed the distances for transportation eligibility, which was narrowly defeated by five votes (537 in favor and 542 against).
Trustees John DiFrisco and Barry Dennis retained their seats, receiving 831 and 732 votes, respectively.
The East Meadow School District passed its budget by over 1,000 votes, as 2,117 residents voted in favor and 1,055 against.
Trustees Joseph Danenza and Corey Fanelli will return to their board of education seats, receiving 2,245 and 1,890 votes, respectively.
The East Meadow Library Budget also passed, with 2,066 in favor and 1,029 against.