At 9:50 p.m., the Rye City School Board of Education certified the defeat of the $19.9 million referendum. With a 306 vote margin– 1471 Yes votes and 1777 No votes, the monies which the board had hoped would be directed toward the construction of new classrooms and renovation of existing facilities would not be forthcoming
Before adjourning the meeting to certify the election's results President Laura Slack made a statement which included the following remarks:
"Although the board is disappointed...Our challenges have not changed ...Unfortunately, those who could not vote, our children, are the true losers tonight."
Slack expressed her frustration that a well-mobilized campaign of what she charactized as misinformation had been directed toward defeat of the bond.