Valley Stream's school budgets pass
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For three seats on the Board of Education, newcomer John Maier, the co-president of the William L. Buck School PTA, garnered the most votes. Incumbents Tony Iadevaio and Larry Trogel finished second and third, respectively, to hold on to their seats. Stephen Rubenstein, past president of the Brooklyn Avenue School PTA, finished more than 100 votes behind.
Rosalie Rau said she and her husband voted around noontime at the William L. Buck School and noted that turnout was light when she got there.
District 30 Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Stirling said the passage of the budget there by a 300-vote margin shows that community members want a quality education for students. The district’s $33.3 million spending plan is one of only a few in the region that will enhance programs next year.
“It’s a very positive day when we see democracy in action as we saw today,” Stirling said. “I appreciate all of the support of the budget. I look forward to building on the many successes of the district.” For the lone Board of Education seat up for grabs this year, Elise Antonelli easily won re-election, defeating challenger Oneca Heath-Phillip.
“I’m thrilled to be able to serve the community for another five years, I really am,” Antonelli said.
Iadevaio, re-elected to his 12th term, said he was glad to see all Valley Stream budget pass with such strong numbers. This year, he is president of the District 24 and high school board.
He thanked the public for supporting his re-election and also congratulated Maier, who on July 2 will become his newest colleague on the board in District 24.
Budget — $44.6 million
Budget — $28.7 million
Budget — $33.3 million