‘Devastated’ After Budget Fails, Parents Rally For Sports, Music

RIVERHEAD, NY — A group of parents both heartbroken and furious that the Riverhead Central School District’s 2020 to 2021 budget was voted down for a second time have refused to give up on their children’s dreams: They’ve come together to find ways to provide students with the sports and electives slashed from the district’s contingency budget.

Because the budget failed at the revote Tuesday by 2,108 to 2,049 — the budget failed for the first time in June — the district will continue to operate under a $144,831,131 contingency budget that represents a 0.27 percent budget-to-budget increase, which was guided by education law, the district said.

The budget includes a freeze on equipment purchases and salary increases for individually contracted staff. The athletics program ($963,978), clubs, musical performances ($186,006) and after-school buses ($317,947) have been eliminated.

Other areas slashed include computer technology ($100,000), high school electives ($151,108), the science

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