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Budgets Pass In All Three Districts For Upcoming Year

Dickerson re-elected, Simpkins elected to board of education

Residents of Westbury, Carle Place and East Meadow school districts made it out to the polls on Tuesday, May 15, and the majority in all three communities voted in support of the respective school budgets.

By a 1263 to 789 margin, residents approved the Westbury School District budget for the 2012-13 school year. Compared to the 2011 vote, more than 700 additional residents participated in the voting process this year. The approval rate following Tuesday’s election was 62 percent, while the 2011 vote yielded a 47 percent approval rate.

Regarding the board of education trustee vote, 
Dr. Pless Dickerson was re-elected and John Simpkins was elected.  

“I was very, very pleased and happy that the community supported the young people by passing the budget. It was a painful exercise to try and cut back on the budget and cut back on what I believe was $2 million out of the budget and try to maintain the integrity of the instructional program district wide,” said Dickerson, who was “elated” given the results and participation on a drizzly day.  

“It was raining – I couldn’t believe so many people came out, but it’s reassuring to know that the community is watching and is aware of the importance of our young people receiving the proper education. They’re participating and they’re having a chance to voice, in this case, an affirmation,” Dickerson added.

Carle Place School District’s budget, with 713 votes in favor and 336 votes against, also passed. Joe LuCurto and Anthony Bulzomi were elected to replace the two seats that Thomas Kane and Peter Fitzgerald previously held.

The East Meadow School District’s voters supported the upcoming school year budget with 2,033 votes in favor and 790 votes opposed. All three board of education incumbents were re-elected.