Riverhead Central School District voters resoundingly rejected the district’s $123 million building bond referendum Tuesday by a vote of 2,274 no to 1,385 yes. There were 176 absentee ballots cast, which are not reflected in the tally.

“We go back to the drawing board on the 23rd,” district superintendent Diane Scricca said after the vote results were announced, referring to the date of the next Board of Education meeting. (See video below.)

The superintendent, board members and district staff made 30 presentations throughout the community to civic, service and PTO groups in an effort to sell the bond to voters.

“The board has to decide what they want to do in terms of the crumbllng buildings and not having good facilities for our children,” she said. “It’s a sad day for Riverhead.”

 

Board members present after the vote, Angela DeVito, board president, Chrissy Prete, Tim Griffing and Mary-Ellen Harkin all expressed disappointment at the vote results and surprise at the wide margin of defeat.

 

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