BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Briarcliff Manor School District’s proposed $47.4 million budget failed to get enough votes Tuesday, school officials said.
While the proposed 2013-14 school budget received 805 “Yes” votes and 763 “No” votes, the budget failed because it fell short of the supermajority of 60 percent needed for approval, district officials said. The Board of Education unanimously passed the proposed $47.4 million budget at its April 23 regular meeting but several residents and parents mentioned concerns with the budget as it compares to districts around Westchester County.
Members of the the Board of Education issued a statement Tuesday night saying they would “start deliberating on how to reduce this budget.”
“The Board of Education is disappointed that the budget did not meet with the approval of our voters,” the board said in the emailed statement. “After reducing current costs by over $2 million in order to absorb next year’s costs increases, we were the only school district in Westchester that proposed a lower budget than the year before. We will now start deliberating on how to reduce this budget, and will focus on non-mandated items.”
Newcomer Paul Wasserman and trustee Jonathan Satran received enough votes to earn the two seats on the Board of Education, according to school officials. Satran took in 885 votes and Wasserman received 857 votes while incumbent Board President Sal Maglietta garnered 800 votes and newcomer Louis Linder took in 783 votes, school officials said.
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