Voters in the Roslyn school district elected Steven Litvack to the board of education in a special election Thursday to fill the remaining term of a trustee who stepped down in July.

Litvack won with 301 votes. Substitute teacher Tanya Novelli came in second with 140 votes and attorney Seth Berman came in third with 45 votes. All three were making their first run for the board.

Litvack, 43, an attorney who owns and operates nursing colleges, has three children, ages 8, 10 and 13, in the district. He has lived in Roslyn for 10 years.

Novelli, 33, works as a substitute teacher in Great Neck, and moved to the district two years ago from southern Florida, where she worked as a teacher. She has two children, ages 8 and 13, in the district.

Berman, 48, has lived in the district since 2001 and has an 11-year-old daughter in the local schools. He is an attorney for his family-owned business, Town Car International, and also does pro bono work.

The vacancy resulted from the departure of trustee Stanley Stern, who resigned for personal reasons. The person elected will serve through the end of the 2012-13 school year.

In addition to the special election, voters also voted to approve the lease/purchase of three school buses and one van.

Proposition 1 passed by a 264 to 108 margin. It will not result in any increase in taxes because the cost already was allocated in the district's 2012-13 budget, school officials said.

District voters authorized the expenditure in May when they approved the school budget, but some financial institutions now require a separate referendum in order to secure financing, the officials explained.

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