Questions. Motions. Votes.
Then silence swallowed the room as the audience counted and realized the Allentown School Board had rejected Russ Mayo’s first budget as superintendent in a stunning 5-4 vote Thursday.
“OK,” board President Robert E. Smith Jr. said. “Now what do we do? We need a budget. We need to do something.”
When another idea failed, the directors voted again on Mayo’s spending plan, which raises taxes 2.6 percent, or 1.3 mills, to 49.3 mills for the next school year. This time they passed it.