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Northport Voters Pass 2011-12 Budget; Sabia Top Vote Getter

One incumbent, three challengers elected from field of six.

voters passed a $151-million spending budget on Tuesday for the 2011-12 school year.

With a final tally of 3,114 to 2,348, homeowners within the Northport-East Northport School district can expect to see a 1.69 percent increase in their collective tax levy in the following year. 

Saying the bulk of the spending increase was due to raises in teachers' salaries and employee retirement payments, Superintendent Marylou McDermottsaid the proposed budget increase the "lowest of the 18 school districts that use the services of Western Suffolk BOCES" in the 'Our Schools' newsletter. 

With a final tally of 3,753 to 1,442, Proposition 2 was approved. It would tap a maximum of  $900,000 from the capital reserve fund of $1.4 million to repair two boilers at the East Northport Middle School, as well as the steps in front of the, which have become damaged by skateboarders and general wear-and-tear.

Voters also selected four candidates to serve on the Board of Education. They are in this order: Joe Sabia, Jennifer Thompson, Tammie Topel and Kristen Gavin. 

Voting took place at the Brosnan building as well as Fifth Avenue and Dickinson Avenue elmentary schools gymnasium from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Read more coverage on Northport Patch Wednesday. 

benjamin May 18, 2011 at 03:13 AM
The UTN-EN wrote: Budget passes Joe Sabia and Jennifer Thompson newly elected!!! We at the UTN-EN are grateful for all your support this past year and please know that the district and the UTN-EN will [hopefully] be working together towards a more transparent and open school district. Additionally, we anticipate that the BOE will now look to our community for their assistance and will reach out to all members of the community and not a select few.
jack May 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM
Npt-E Npt residents, YOU'VE BEEN HAD! Sabia and Thompson = UTN-EN
PTA MOM May 18, 2011 at 12:58 PM
UTN just wanted Gannon out
mary gilmore May 18, 2011 at 01:10 PM
jennifer thompson is not part of the utn-en. she has always been an independent trustee and candidate.
PTA MOM May 18, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Jack, Why is that you feel we have been had ? The UTN-EN is an advocacy group for " YOU THE TAXPAYER" Get informed you might learn what is really going on or NOT .Our children only have but one chance at a quality education don't you want to be an educated consumer ?
benjamin May 18, 2011 at 04:42 PM
Mary, you are correct. But Jennifer was the only BOE member who questioned many of the actions of the rest and therefore we applaud her!

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