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Oysterponds Budget Passes on Revote

Voters approve of Orient elementary school budget during second vote.

After their budget failed to pass in May, budget passed Tuesday night by a vote of 173 yes, 142 no. Absentee ballots, 26 total, came out exactly even, 13 to 13.

"Yay! I'm happy!," said Superintendent Joan Frisicano. "This will really help us to move forward."

Last month, board members decided to end discussions about giving parents the option of sending kids to for secondary education and put forth the same $5.4 million 2012-13 budget to the public for a revote which happened at the school Tuesday from 3 to 9 p.m.

Initially, the budget was voted down on May 15 with 253 no, 192 yes. Board members met in May with members to renew a contract to send Oysterponds kids to Greenport for secondary education.

Oysterponds District Clerk Doug Savino, who is moving on to be the district clerk of the Bayport-Blue Point School District, said he was proud of one of his last moments on the job before he leaves at the end of the month.

"After this year, I'm so glad this turned out positive in the end," he said. "It's a good budget that should have passed."

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