I lost yet another election. I borrowed the phrase from a popular TV show in which all the tribe members always vote. It’s different in the MUFSD. Out of approx. 9,000 residents 1,200 voted in 2012, 1,000 in 2013, and 900 this year. The others resigned. Low participation in the school budget annual elections is common around the NYS and it’s not a new phenomenon.
My primary goal is to be engaged, share information and suggest possible improvements. At board meetings, I suggested sending the letter calling for elimination of the GEA. I also suggested a new wellness group to be reestablished. Consequently, the wellness page on the district website has been updated, but an invitation call to create a meaningful activity still has to be made. When the idea of wellness originated in 2007, it was not conceived as adopting a policy and forgetting about the wellness.
The recent candidate fora inspired me to suggest inviting individual board members to meetings organized in different places around our tri-community school district. Being outside of the board settings the members could express their personal views without the concern that they would be perceived as “this is the board that is talking to you”.
My intention is to present suggestions and let the board and public decide. It’s natural that some suggestions get adopted and other rejected. Nobody should hesitate to bring suggestions to the table. The businesses in charge of U.S. education, through their speakers are prizing charter schools for their “innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom.” Yet, the majority of our tribe confirmed the vision of doing things as they’ve been done for the past 36+ years. The improving rank on a single, journalist-invented chart for high schools is being presented as a measure of success for all schools in the district. Success that is supposed to prevent the MUFSD schools from losing students to private or “public-private” schools.
To conclude I want to express my sincere thanks to all who supported my candidacy for the seat on the board. You give me the reason why I gather the information and publish it on this blog. If you are not yet subscribed to receive email notifications, please subscribe. I also want to specifically thank my always patient and tolerant wife for her support. Thank you. The life goes on and I’ll continue to be engaged in our community as a CYO OLL track and cross country coach, help the MEFF organize the Malverne 5K Run for Education and every so often bring info related to the education. (See updated info on the HS field test).
Here are the results of May 20, 2014 election, as “Malverne Did You Know” (now defunct) reported them:
Malverne 4 years Marguerite O’Connor (WINNER – 462 votes) was challenged by Jan Kasal (281 votes) and Cornelius Todd Smith (180 votes). PROPOSITION: seeks approval to spend $1.6 million for several projects, including capital work districtwide that includes roof repairs, bathroom upgrades and repairs and heating upgrades at the middle and high school. (Passes: 598 Yes 297 No); PROPOSITION: asks voters to authorize starting a $10 million capital reserve fund to save money for future capital needs.(Passes: 557 Yes 330 No); PROPOSITION: asks to approve a repair reserve fund so if emergency repairs are needed, the cost will not affect that year’s annual budget. (Passes: 552 Yes 249 No)