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Sachem School District budget vote fails; vote on second budget to be held next month

As it stands now, the district is saying on their website that at middle schools like Samoset sports will be eliminated.

May 22, 2024, 9:39 AM

Updated 26 days ago

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A failed vote in the Sachem School District means cuts could be coming across all schools.
The vote also means another vote is needed on a second budget or else the district would have to use its contingency budget.
As it stands now, the district is saying on their website that at middle schools like Samoset sports will be eliminated.
Additionally, Junior Varsity sports will be eliminated in the high schools, classes will go up and secondary clubs like marching band and robotics will see funding reduced by 50%.
In order to pierce the tax cap, the district needed 60% of voters to pass the budget, but 50.3% voted in favor.
There will be a meeting next week to work on the budget that will be voted on next month.
The district is saying taxes for residents in the district would go up $11 a month if the second budget vote passes, as opposed to $27 a month, which was voted down on Tuesday night.
"While we are disappointed with results, we appreciate all those who came out to vote. The community's voice has been heard and the District and Board of Education will reconvene in the days ahead to determine next steps for a revote on June 18, 2024," said Sachem Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christopher Pellettieri.


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