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."
Updated forecast from the National Weather Service
A winter storm warning remains in effect from midnight tonight until 6 am Thursday
Tonight: Snow, mainly after 1am. Low around 27. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Wednesday: Rain and snow, possibly mixed with sleet before noon, then rain and snow between noon and 3pm, then snow after 3pm. Areas of blowing snow after 3pm. High near 36. Breezy, with a east wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.