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COVENTRY â€” The Coventry School committee and School Superintendent Dr. Mike Almeida was scheduled to begin to discuss the rounds of cuts at this past Wednesdayâ€™s school committee meeting after Tuesdayâ€™s referendum vote results revealed 1,517 Coventry voters rejected a proposed tax increase to further fund the schools to 1,377 voters who approved the tax increase.
Of the townâ€™s 27,400 registered voters, almost 3,000 cast their ballot with steady turnout all day right up until 8 p.m. Some saw that as a good turnout, others were disgusted that so few came out.
â€śIt is what it is and the fallout is what it is,â€ť Almeida, who was clearly disappointed in the results and walked out of the polls immediately following the results, said. â€śThe people have spoken and I have the utmost respect for the voters. Weâ€™ll be looking for another $400,000 in cuts in addition to those weâ€™ve already made. Iâ€™ll do my very best to save what I can.â€ť
Council President Gary Cote tried to shake Almeidaâ€™s hand, but Almeida walked away from him.
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