According to unofficial numbers, 529 voters were in favor of the project, while 254 votes were against it. The results will be certified at the Dec. 12 board of education meeting.
"I am ecstatic and very thankful that our community voted in favor of this necessary project," Superintendent of Schools Joseph Hochreiter said in a press release. "The success of this vote is due in large part to the countless hours and dedication of our Board of Education members, district staff who participated in creating the project, and countless community members who regularly participated in meetings, seeking very specific information to make informed decisions."
The next step is sending the plans to the New York State Education Department and securing approval—which the district believes should come in the spring. Work would begin shortly thereafter.
"We asked only for those items deemed necessary, such as facilities infrastructure, technology upgrades and safety and security enhancements," Board of Education President Mary-Pat Briggi said. "I think this positive outcome is an indication of the community's willingness to support an effective, sound learning environment for the students at Hen Hud."