BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – Voters in Belchertown went to the polls Monday and voted to keep two members of the School Committee.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected the recall of School Committee Member Diane Brown by a 3 to 1 margin and Michael Knapp by a similar margin, according to unofficial results shared by the Town Clerk.

Unofficial Results:

  • For the recall of School Committee Member, Diane Brown – 591
  • Against the recall of School Committee Member, Diane Brown – 1925
  • For the recall of School Committee Member Michael Knapp – 661
  • Against the recall of School Committee Member Michael Knapp – 1845

The effort came following a controversial policy requiring COVID-19 vaccination to participate in sports or other activities at the high school. That policy has since been changed.

“I think this is a waste of time and a waste of tax payers money, but they forced us to do this. I don’t begrudge anyone having problems with elected officials, but that’s what elections are for. To make the town spend extra money that’s better off spent elsewhere,” Belchertown residents Michael Vitale said.

Polls were open until 8:00 p.m. Monday night at Belchertown High School.