Oysterponds Budget Fails; All Other North Fork School Districts Pass

Write-in candidate in Greenport will take vacant second seat on school board.

Oysterponds Elementary School was the only district on the North Fork to fail in passing its 2012-13 budget Tuesday night. Voters spoke out 192 yes to 253 no to vote down the $5,353,894 budget —  a plan to reduce spending by $270,000 this year, but the tax levy increase is estimated at 2.5 percent.

Greenport voters passed the 2012-13 budget on Tuesday, picking up the required supermajority vote needed to pass the tax-cap-piercing budget. The budget passed with 69 percent of the vote.

With the exception of Greenport and New Suffolk, all North Fork school districts have stayed within the state’s new 2 percent tax cap for the 2012-13 school year budget.

As for the only contested race for school board, incumbents Linda Goldsmith and Krista de Kerillis won re-election bids for seats on the board, beating out newcomer Alison Lyne.

Dan Creedon, the only incumbent running on the Board, won a re-election bid on Tuesday. Write-in candidate Babette Cornine received 50 votes and will join Creedon on the board to fill the needed second vacant seat.

Here are the rest of the results as of Tuesday night:


$38,004,156 – Yes: 571   No: 395

$27,024,043 – Yes: 534  No: 289

$14,914,713 – Yes: 280 No: 124

Greenport needed to pass its budget by 60 percent because it pierced the 2 percent cap, the district passed its budget by 69 percent. 

$5,353,894 – Yes: 192  No: 253

$678,309 – Yes: 78  No: 29

$9,739,303 – Yes: 247 No: 46


Three Seats, Three Candidates

Laura Jens-Smith: 665

Douglas Cooper: 673

Sarah Hassildine:656

Two Seats, Two Candidates

Board President Paulette Ofrias: 515

John Crean: 522

Two Seats, One Candidate

Dan Creedon: 305

Write in candidate Babette Cornine received 50 votes and will join Creedon on the board.

Two Seats, Three Candidates

Alison Lyne: 193

Linda Goldsmith: 291 (re-elected)

Krista de Kerillis: 272 (re-elected)

Three Seats, Three Candidates

Stephen Gessner: 212

Mark Kanarvogel: 200

Marilynn Pysher: 228

Because incumbent Mark Kanarvogel received the least amount of votes, he will fill a vacant seat left by Kathleen Reilly last October. Incumbent Stephen Gessner and newcomer Marilyn Pysher will serve three-year terms.

Write-in candidates Jason Cooper and Brooke Dailey tied at 35 votes; Superintendent Bob Feger said he will need to speak to the school district's attorney to see what the best course of action will be to fill the seat.

With reporting by Sandy Martocchia

Stay tuned for more updates and coverage on North Fork Patch.

Oysterponds Art May 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Welcome to the World of Goldsmithery. What a misled crowd she leads....sad commentary for the dwindling population of public school students in our community who deserve better opportunities. The dinosaur decision makers that voted down the budget are leading the pack...and forcing top students to flee to higher ground up west.
Joan May 16, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I smell sour grapes. The voters of the Oysterponds School District have spoken ~ and resoundingly so, as Linda Goldsmith received the most votes of the candidates running for election. Two hundred and fifty three people sent a message to the Oysterponds Board last night. Perhaps it's time they listen to their constituents and stop playing games with children's lives.
gwen May 16, 2012 at 01:52 PM
"forcing top students to flee to higher ground up west?" I am interested in both sides of the debate, and referring to another school district as "higher ground" for "top students" touches upon an aspect of this debate that has not been dragged out from under the rug of political correctness. but as this aspect is, in fact, a central issue, then perhaps it is time for people to fully own their opinions and air them openly. Also, referring to the majority voters as a "pack" is troubling. My opinion, for what it's worth, is that in matters that directly affect hundreds of people, and taxes, and school budgets, the solution that is correct is the one that promotes the greater good. that is why, in a democracy, we vote, so that subsets of people do not assume power and make decisions unilaterally for everyone. (all irony aside for the moment ;) the greater good might require sacrifice on the part of some individuals. Now, the job is to determine logically and openly what constitutes the greater good, and pursue it. and keep emotion out of it - anyone who makes this a personal issue is indulging in ego.
Sandy Martocchia May 16, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Annapolis, Amherst, Cornell, Harvard, Hamilton, Syracuse, Villanova, USC, UCLA, Clemson, Penn State, MIT, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, West Point, Johns Hopkins, University of North Carolina, Boston College, Boston University, are all pretty good places to flee to after graduating from Greenport High School. The students who graduated from Greenport and went on to these institutions and countless others are testaments to the quality public education provided at Greenport. It seems to me these students grabbed the opportunities, including thousands of dollars in scholarships, that were given to them and ran with them. The "dinosaur decision makers" might know a little bit more about the community than you do.
Tom May 16, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Can't keep the journalist bottled up, now can ya! "Landholders ought to have a share in the government, to support these invaluable interests, and to balance and check the other. They ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority." - JM
Oysterponds Art May 16, 2012 at 07:28 PM
"Higher ground" referred to a place that is not quite so flooded with insecurity and the adverse affect that has been so disturbing for K-6 Oysterponds students and community of parents. How Greenport came into this conversation I do not know? Stay in your own Greenport lane for a moment please! This was and remains an Oysterponds UFSD comment ... referring to K-6 only. There was not a commentary on the 7-12 grade issue. Reading comprehension skills are a must here! This election was about the BUDGET not about school choice. Yet the two somehow met and got confused. Yet, if you are going to address choice you better sharpen the can opener because that can of worms is getting pretty darn rusty. Did you know School Choice is a given in many other states to encourage all students in public school to reach their potential. Letting "every person be the architect of their own fortune" as the Chinese proverb suggests. Let's get to work on a new budget to benefit ALL our OPS children AND taxpayers, not driven by who works where and earns what. "Every person is the architect of his own fortune"- Chinese Proverb
Sandy Martocchia May 16, 2012 at 08:24 PM
No one wants to see a school budget fail. Greenport comes into the picture because your vote for choice had a negative impact on our budget. Our board is fiscally responsible and had to raise our costs for something that may never even happen just to make the chosen few in your district happy. My reading comprehension skills are quite good, my can opener is quite sharp, and I can pick up the not so subtle disdain that you hold for the working class families in our community. The ignorance of your elitist attitude is what is old at this point. Your "architect" should have built you a house in a school district of your choosing. Though, it may be hard to find one with the racial mix you seek. This could be settled quite amicably if you actually knew facts about both schools and communities. Perhaps you need to enroll in one of the AP courses you claim Greenport doesn't offer enough of...but then you would have to know that you can't just sign up for an AP course, you have to meet certain qualifications to take one and I am not so sure the entitlement crowd understands that so well. The only person who is insecure here is the person who cannot sign her name on this site. Make no mistake, your position is being seen as an entitlement at its ugliest by members of your community.
realativesanity May 16, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I am a strong supporter of public education and don't believe that voting a budget down is good for anyone, but in the case of Oysterponds the defeat of the budget is an important rebuke of board president Debra Dumont and her elitist supporters who continue to ignore the wishes of the people and pursue a school choice/iPAD agenda at the expense of an entire community. There was a clear choice for Board of Education, two candidates that support sending students to Greenport and one who was backed heavily by Dick Leslie and the choice contingent. The choice candidate was soundly defeated by incumbents Linda Goldsmith and Krista de Kerillis sending a clear message that the community has had enough of the shenanigans and they are ready to take their school back. Debra Dumont and the other two choice clowns up for reelection next year, be forewarned, we are coming for you next!!!
Joan May 17, 2012 at 12:22 AM
People were right this morning ~ you STILL don't get it. That vote last night wasn't about BUDGET, it was a vote of "NO CONFIDENCE" directed at your School Board.Your voters have had enough. End of discussion.
Jacquelyn Wallace-LePre May 17, 2012 at 01:24 AM
This budget failed for the sole reason that it was incomplete. As for your comment about Mrs. Goldsmith, have you really ever talked with her? She is a highly educated and extremely dedicated woman. She is for the district. And yes she is Pro-Greenport. Not because her daughter teaches there but because she sent both of her daughters to school there. They both went on to great college. So would you not call her a hypocrite if she supported some other school. Not that you can blame it on Mrs. Goldsmith anyways. We are educated people making a choice that has been awarded to us by living in this wonderful country. You think we are followers. If we were we would have passed a half assed budget. We are not following, we are making our own choice. Chock it up to paying $20,000 for a new car only to find out you don't have an engine or tires included. This budget was far to arbitrary to be passed.
Jacquelyn Wallace-LePre May 17, 2012 at 01:27 AM
And I proudly place my name on my comments and thoughts! No hiding behind a screen name!
realativesanity May 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Your side lost, and lost big. Get over it or flee to higher ground up west (though you would be hard pressed to find higher ground anywhere on Long Island since it is a glacial formation with elevations not much higher than sea level). Get your popcorn ready, cause we are taking our school back from the likes of you!!
linda goldsmith May 22, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Linda Goldsmith Yes this is Linda Goldsmith writing this. On the Suffolk Times Board, someone wrote comments and put MY name to them--Thankfully a friend saw them but the Suffolk Times response (this a paper that when you write a letter they verify that it is you, need your name, address and phone) to me was to have my lawyer call when I alerted them that this action was identity theft. Anyway-- at least here I feel safe and I have NEVER commented on the Suffolk Times websites and never will. FYI Isn't if funny that Troy Gustavson is suddenly a Greenport proponent?? Is that because his daughter sold her house and is moving to the M/C school district and he wants to keep the rest of the working clas out of M/C so as not to polute it?? What a hypocrite--and what timing!!! Thanks by the way to all my supporters--I would put a letter of thanks in the uffolk Times but who knows what it would say --might have typos or something.
William Swiskey sr May 22, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Linda if your looking for factual reporting, don't rely on the times. I go to Village meetings and what I read in the Times make me think was I at a different meeting. Troy doesn't run a NEWSPAPER ,he runs a PR FIRM for certian groups. If you don't believe that watch a meeting on TV and compare it to what the Times reports.


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