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Patch Question: Reaction to Budget Results

The residents of East Meadow voted strongly to support the proposed 2012-13 school budget.

In a move that was not unexpected, the proposed 2012-13 East Meadow School budget from the voters on Tuesday.

“It’s a validation of all of the hard work that all of us at central administration have done together,” Board of Education President Joseph Parisi said. “I think a great budget was put forward that preserved programs and staff, and it also recognized our economic times.”

Overall, 72 percent of the voters cast their ballots in favor of the budget, which did not include any cuts to programs or staff.

“The overwhelming support for the budget is unbelievable,” Brian O’Flaherty, who was reelected to a new three-year term as trustee, told Patch. “Seventy-two percent is a great number.”

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Below is a breakdown of the vote in a school-by-school manner.

Schools Yes No Total Barnum Woods 619 162 781 Bowling Green 483 178 661 McVey 367 188 555 Meadowbrook 238 92 330 Parkway 225 126 351 Absentee 101 44 145 District Total 2,033 790 2,823 Difference 1,243

What do you think of the result of the vote? Tell us in the comments.

Rebecca May 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
How do I feel? Disgusted. Parents of school kids get engraved invitations to bake sales and cake sales, while non-parents get treated like pariahs... "Oh I hope they don't come!!!" East Meadow and every other Long Island district had years of rate increases that exceeded inflation. And with all of the 20-35 year olds leaving, the "brain drain," it's my understanding that enrollment is down. So why the increase? I will NEVER vote for a school budget until non-parents get the same personal invite to the election day, as the parents get. Spending more does NOT create better education. It creates wealthier superintendants.

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