Unprecedented tie in North Bellmore school board race

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Something rare happened during Tuesday's school votes -- a tie in a school board race.

It left North Bellmore district officials in a quandary about what to do when candidates JoAnn DeLauter and Frank LaMagra each got 799 votes.

DeLauter, president of the North Bellmore school board, is also a trustee on the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District board.

"I think we will have a runoff," said Mark Schissler, assistant superintendent, who said he would seek guidance from the state Wednesday.

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Michelle Gagnon, administrative assistant for curriculum and coordinator of public relations at the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School, said the situation was unprecedented.

"It's never happened before," Gagnon said.

With Ellen Yan

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