Voters in the Hampton Bays School District gave a resounding “Yes!” in support of the $44.9 million budget for the 2011/2012 school year.

The final votes were tallied just after 9 p.m. as a crowd anxiously awaited the results in the Hampton Bays Middle School gymnasium. The results: Proposition 1, the budget, passed with 977 yes votes and 598 no votes. Proposition 2, regarding repairs on the grounds, passed with 1039 yes votes and 526 no votes. Proposition 3, regarding the capital reserve fund, passed with 976 yes votes and 529 no votes. Additionally, Dorothy Capuano, who ran unnopposed to fill George Leeman’s soon-to-be vacant spot on the Hampton Bays School Board, received 1030 votes.

District Superintendent Lars Clemensen and School Board President Doug Oakland quickly gave statements thanking the commuity for its support.

“This is a resounding commitment to our schools by our community. In a tough economy like this, it takes a lot for taxpayers to make a decision in support of the budget and I'm extremely grateful for that showing,” Mr. Clemensen said.

“Thank you to the community in trusting the Board of Education, the Superintendent, Lars Clemensen, and [Hampton Bays Business Administrator] Larry Luce,” Mr. Oakland said.

As for the results of her uncontested run, Ms. Capuano said, “I’m very excited to be part of the Hampton Bays School Board. I hope I can bring wonderful things to my term.”