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Override options fail

Option 1c, the 'level service' override, failed by five votes

By Natasha Clark

Reminder Assistant Editor

LONGMEADOW After the School Committee spent months trying to make their case for a Proposition 2 1/2 override, the three-tier option the School Department asked to have placed on the ballot failed at the May 24 town election.

Question 1c, the "level service" option that asked the town for $1,302,218, failed by five votes 2,578 to 2,573.

There has been speculation that some voters will seek a recount.

When Reminder Publications spoke with Cheryl Cudnik of the Town Clerk's office on May 19, no one had picked up the paperwork to start such a process as of yet.

Voters have 10 days (deadline is June 3 by 5 p.m.) to return an application seeking a recount.

"It's a recount petition and it needs 10 signatures from each precinct, which would be 50 in total," Cudnik explained.

In other election news: James M. Nittoli was reelected to the School Committee. Other new committee members include Jerold J. Duquette and Geoffrey P. Weigand.

Richard Curran was also re-elected to serve on the Planning Board.

Longmeadow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott AndersEn could not be reached for comment on the override by press time.