UPDATE: Port Chester School Board President Blanca Lopez has been ousted in today's election.
Port Chester school district voters today easily appoved the $81.3 million budget plan for 2012-2013, but they ousted school board President Blanca Lopez in a race that was decided by less than 100 votes.
In the three-person race for two school board seats, which included incumbent Jim Dreves was re-elected. Challenger Tom Corbia, a retired Port Chester teacher ended as the winner in the race against Lopez.
With 101 absentee ballots to be counted, Corbia was head of Lopez by 82 votes. With all the votes counted, Corbia won with 910 votes. Lopez finished with 814 votes.Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories just like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. Fast signup here.
The budget cuts 13.5 reading support positions to close a gap that came with the district's decision not to exceed the state's new 2 percent cap for tax increase. The school board initially decided to get rid of full-day kindergarten, but agreed to keep the full-day program as part of the budget presented to the public.
The budget was easily approved, 1,030 to 534.
In the board races, Dreves finished with 1,040 votes.