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West Islip Superintendent Thanks Residents for Passing School Budget

"West Islip community should recognize and applaud the willingness of all to come together to continue to support quality education," writes Supt. Rick Simon.

West Islip school district Superintendent Rick Simon thanked residents for approving the district's 2012-13 budget in a letter posted on the district's website Wednesday.

"Congratulations and thank you to the West Islip community on the passage of the 2012- 2013 budget and to Steve Gellar and Mike Zotto on their reelection to the Board of Education," he said in the statement.

Sixty-five percent of voter's cast their ballots in favor of the $110.8 million spending plan, which included the closure of two elementary schools and elimination of 38 staff members. However, overall turnout was down, as roughly 400 less voters came out Tuesday than last year.

"This was a very new and difficult budget process given the tax levy cap law and the unique situation in West Islip that resulted in the closing of two elementary schools and the redistricting of enrollment boundaries," Simon said. "Our Board of Education had to make some very painful and controversial decisions and I believe we should all appreciate how hard they worked on making the best decisions for all students."

Simon also addressed the challenges that lay ahead for the district.

"As we move forward to tackle the many challenges that await us, I am energized by a community that truly cares about education," he said. "We must continue to work together to make West Islip the best possible educational experience for all students and staff."

Geri May 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM
I find it disappointing that we had 400 less people come out to vote this election. Regardless of your opinions on the budget and the members of the BOE, it means nothing if you don't make your opinions heard at the polls.
Diane McCorvey May 18, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Geri, I agree. I usually don't reply to anything when I read the comments. I usually just shake my head at the nonsense that people post or moreso at the never-ending complaining. Those 400 people are probably the ones that had all the complaints. I wish all the students and staff in WI the best in the 2012-13 school year. I've only had the best experience raising my boys in the WI school district. Good luck to all and let's remember...it takes a whole community to raise a child.
Liam Murphy May 18, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I'm one of those 400 people that didn't vote because I was to busy working one of my 3 jobs. On a 609 train getting home a 11pm!!!!
Pat May 18, 2012 at 04:39 AM
I'm with Liam... I didn't get a chance to vote either because I too was working a 16hr work day, 6 days a week so I can pay the $10,000 plus tax used to fund the budget.
john May 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Did you miss the ten thousand times that the district notified the residents that you may cast your ballot before election day by requesting an absentee ballot form? one phone call and it would have been mailed to you, and you can mail it back. working late is not an excuse.
Sam May 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Voting is an American right and civil duty.

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