The voters spoke up for education on Tuesday, May 18, passing the $43.8 million Hampton Bays 2010-2011 budget and a proposition for facility repairs.
There were a total of 1,078 yes votes and 945 no votes on the budget and 1,148 yes votes and 751 no votes on the repair proposition. The votes were gathered from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hampton Bays Middle School gymnasium.
The votes for the two open school board seats were also tallied on Tuesday, with incumbent Doug Oakland receiving 1,022 votes; retiring teacher Richard Joslin receiving 972 votes; incumbent Marie Mulcahy receiving 897 votes and challenger Anthony Guarino receiving 589 votes.
The attitude at the gymnasium on Tuesday night was upbeat as the outcome of Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 was announced. Many community members who had gathered embraced one another and cheered.
“I’m very pleased about tonight,” school board member Chris Garvey said.
Outgoing District Superintendent Joanne Loewenthal was also pleased with the budget vote. “I’m proud of the people of the Hampton Bays community, who clearly worked to understand the complexities of the budget and made the decision to support the children,” she said.
Incoming District Superintendent Lars Clemensen was similarly happy with the outcome. “The community spoke. They like what Hampton Bays schools stand for, they like that the Hampton Bays schools deliver. And we’re going to keep moving in the same positive direction,” he said.