Shoreham-Wading River school budget passes easily

05/19/2015 9:37 PM |
Superintedent Steven Cohen (right) smiles as the results from Tuesday's school budget vote are read aloud. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Superintedent Steven Cohen (right) smiles as the results from Tuesday’s school budget vote are read aloud. (Credit: Paul Squire)

 

The Shoreham-Wading River school budget passed by an overwhelming majority Tuesday night, with more than 65 percent of voters approving the $68.6 million proposal.

Board of Education incumbents Mike Fucito and Robert Rose, who were running unopposed, were also re-elected.

Here’s a break down of the vote:

SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER BUDGET, SCHOOL BOARD RACE

• $68.6 million budget with a 1.35 percent tax levy increase: YES: 910, NO: 323

• Mike Fucito: 902

• Robert Rose: 863

In an interview, school district superintendent Steven Cohen noted that the last year’s bond proposition — the first ever approved by Shoreham-Wading River taxpayers — passed with a similar majority.

“The community has a lot of momentum,” he said. “We’re not squeaking by.”

School board president William McGrath said the result was “gratifying.”

“I think that it says the community is buying into [our plan],” Mr. McGrath said. “We are trying to be very responsible in how we deliver our program and improve our program within the limits of the tax cap.”

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