Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00
While neighboring Oyster Bay and Locust Valley budgets went down, school budgets in both the Glen Cove and North Shore districts passed this week.
The results were 1023 YES and 578 NO in favor of the $72,052,501 budget. Joel Sunshine was re-elected to the Glen Cove Board of Education with1040 votes. Barrie Dratch was newly elected to the board with 675 votes.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria announced the totals and told the community, “We thank all the people who made the budget a reality… We’re very grateful.”
Board members took time out to talk to the Record Pilot before going into executive session. President Ida McQuair said, “On behalf of the Glen Cove Board of Education, I am grateful to the community for trusting us and supporting our children.”
Reelected Trustee Joel Sunshine said, “I am pleasantly surprised by the results tonight. I am proud that Glen Cove voters supported their schools. I think they know the school board is looking out for Glen Cove’s taxpayers as well as the education of its children.”
The one trustee who voted against adopting the budget was David Huggins who said he was “content” with the budget but was “disgusted with the apathy shown by Glen Cove voters who failed to turn out.” He told the Record Pilot, “It is disappointing to see that no one cares enough to vote, yet everyone complains. How can you have a voice if you don’t turn out to vote?”
Trustee Grady Farnan said that he was “grateful” for the results, but with a tax cap on the table and other financial challenges, “…we have our work cut out this year. Next year will be very difficult.”
North Shore Schools
The $88,861,064 budget was passed with 1860 YES, 888 NO. The track and field proposition also passed 1727 to 887. This grants approval for the board to use existing funds in the Capital Reserve Fund for the repair and improvement of the NSHS track and field.
There was a contested board of education trustee election, with Thomas Knierim elected with 1628 votes, Amy Beyer re-elected with1835. Candidate Paul Echausse got 1230 votes.
Board President Igor Webb was enthusiastic after the tallies were made official. He told the Record Pilot, “We are very pleased that the community recognizes the importance of the depth and breadth of programs at North Shore. We look forward to working with our [re-elected and new] trustees.”