With all three districts—Sayville, Bayport-Blue Point and Connetquot— proposing carefully outlined budgets that were under the recommended overall growth of 3 percent, the 2020 vote …
With all three districts—Sayville, Bayport-Blue Point and Connetquot— proposing carefully outlined budgets that were under the recommended overall growth of 3 percent, the 2020 vote was similar to previous years in the conservative increases.
Plaguing districts this year is anticipated reduced funding from the state due to lost revenue from the COVID-19 crisis. Each school district has allotted for a decrease varying from an optimistic 10 percent decrease all the way to the most-dire 20 percent decrease.
Assured by superintendents and school boards that every consideration was given to preserving the quality of education while maintaining contingency plans for a sharp drop in funding (each school district averaged about 25 percent of funding from the state), voters overwhelming supported each budget. Most cuts were made in order to scrap expansion plans of enrichment activities or sports teams, leaving current services intact.
As a mail-in vote this year, the participation rates for the budget were markedly higher than in previous years.
Incumbents won in Sayville and Connetquot by overwhelming majority.
Yes 1,993 No 839
Seat 1 (unopposed): Daniene Byrne 2,150
Seat 2 (unopposed): Michael Miller 2,143
Library Trustee Election
Seat 1 (unopposed): Ronald F. Devine Jr. 2,188
Yes 3999 No 2269
Board of Education (elections are at-large, i.e. candidates with most votes win the seat)
Lee Kennedy (incumbent) 2985*
Milynn Augulis (incumbent) 2587*
Terri McNamee 2518
Suzanne Martin 1455
Elizabeth Savit 4945
Yes: 4,043 No: 1,081
Board of Education
Thomas Cooley (unopposed) 4,369 votes
Dr. James J. Bertsch, Jr. (incumbent) 3,597
Teal Rizzo 1,193