East Islip School Budget Defeated

The East Islip School District's proposed 2012-13 school budget failed to garner the necessary 60 percent majority in the May 15 budget vote. The total number of voters was 5,617, with 3,072 voting against the proposed budget and 2,545 voting to approve.

“The defeat of the budget is extremely disappointing,” said Board of Education President Glenn Reed. “It creates a situation in which we may be left with having to make painful, widespread reductions in staffing and programs, pending dialogue between the Board and community over the next two weeks. As a community, we must do all we can to limit this impact to our students.”

Should the Board choose to hold a second budget vote, it would take place on June 19, 2012.

In other voting news, the race for the seats of Board trustees Louis F. Raffone and Joseph G. Sargent ended with the re-election of incumbent Raffone and a loss for Sargent to challenger Philip Montuori. The final vote totals were 2,579 for Raffone to 2,044 for challenger Robert Dell’Isola and 3,079 for Montuori to 1,623 for Sargent.

A regular monthly Board of Education meeting was held earlier in the evening. Superintendent of Schools John J. Finello made several announcements, including a pending visit from U.S. Marine Corps helicopters on May 29, an update on the APPR plan, an upcoming 9/11 Memorial dedication on May 28 at the East Islip Public Library and recognition of the new community-funded Connetquot Elementary playground. Finello also mentioned the District’s long-range planning committee, which will be formalized this summer to examine the District’s financial situation, condition of the facilities, technology needs and demographic studies.

The retirement of John F. Kennedy Elementary clerk typist Linda Testino was also announced before the Board meeting was adjourned just prior to 9 p.m. Testino had joined the District in 1989 at Ruth C. Kinney Elementary. She later worked as a stenographer in the high school’s guidance office before joining the JFK staff.

At 10:05 p.m., the Board members and District administrators re-entered the board room to announce that the proposed budget had not passed.

The next Board of Education regular monthly meeting will take place on June 14, 2012 at 8 p.m. in the District board room.