Barrett on Her Resignation: 'I Have Been Targeted'

Kings Park Board of Education trustee gives her reasons for resigning from her elected position.

Kings Park Board of Education Trustee Liz Barrett at a board meeting in an undated photo. (Patch file photo)
Kings Park Board of Education Trustee Liz Barrett at a board meeting in an undated photo. (Patch file photo)
Kings Park Trustee Liz Barrett has resigned her position from the school district's Board of Education on Tuesday afternoon amid a storm of controversy. 

Barrett submitted a formal written resignation from her position on Kings Park Board of Education on Tuesday afternoon as allegations were brought forth by a district employee that she allegedly publicly discussed his employment status. 
Barrett gave her statement of resignation as published below: 

It was with a heavy heart that I rendered my resignation to the Kings Park Central School District Board of Education.

I believe the current climate of the board was counterproductive to both the taxpayers and the students of Kings Park; there are many pressing education issues that must be dealt with and need the undivided attention of the Board of Education. Since voting not to extend the contract of our Superintendent I believe as though I have been targeted with mean spirited, baseless political attacks on myself, my family and those who support my efforts.

After careful thought and consideration 
I have decided to refocus all of my energy and my entire efforts on my family. I will continue to support our district as a community member and an education advocate. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the voters of Kings Park for their support as it has meant a great deal to me. I wish continued success for the Kings Park Central School Districts Students and the Kings Park community.

Barrett was first elected to board in 2010, and was unanimously voted to the position of vice president for the 2012-2013 school year. 

In May 2013, Barrett was re-elected to a three-year term on Kings Park Board of Education receiving 1,349 votes - the highest number of received by an of the four candidates on the ballot. 

david December 11, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Taking life way to serious. politics are meaninless
Sue Mc December 11, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Dr. Agruso should have resigned with a few other board members, they do not care about the welfare of our children and some of our employees and public, just themselves. BULLYING has to stop at the top of the chain of command. Think of the students, parents and public who are paying your paychecks.
pam king December 11, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Funny how politics work, thepublic wants Liz and voted thet way. The few who were for somebody else couldn't make a decision that an old man complained about. So what did the board due they dragged it out for 7 months and still couldn't make a decision. Its a terrible decision to force out the public choice and then appoint their red haired boy. Is this what we are all about?
ChudleyQ December 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM
This whole series of events has been really unfortunate for our community. This chapter is now over. It's time to heal. One thing is apparent though. There are some people who post on this website with some serious "conspiracy theory" issues. It really shows how deep the divide is, and how many really hateful things have been said. That really needs to end, for everyone's sake. Pam, I agree with you that it shouldn't have been dragged out as long as it did. I think it's because we have a board that lacks decisiveness, but that's just my opinion. The invective has been really over the top from both those who blindly support Ms. Barrett, and from those who blindly opposed her. I'm very sorry that the debate got personal, and brought up things that were unrelated to her role on the School Board. That was unfair to her and especially to her family. But Pam, I strongly disagree with your implication that Ms. Barrett was "forced out" by the Board. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ms. Barrett is no longer on the Board because of her own actions. She showed horrible judgment several times, and consistently demonstrated by her own behavior that she wasn't cut out to be on the Board. She and she alone is responsible for the circumstances that led up to her resignation. Honestly, it shouldn't have taken her so long to come to that realization, and things became so much worse as a result. It's now up to the remaining Board members to determine what happens from here. I hope they use this experience as a way to learn and to examine what went wrong in the process, and that they decide to FINALLY be transparent. So much of what happened appeared to be behind closed doors, and it certainly gave off the appearance that they were clueless and hesitant to make decisions. The reputations of the remaining four have been dinged, but that's certainly not insurmountable. The Newsday article on-line included references to Mr. Locascio and the robo-calls, and whether or not he adequately disclosed that on his financial certifications. This issue has been championed by Sally Pruslow, and regardless of whether you know and support Sally or know and don't support her (personally), it doesn't necessarily mean she's off base on this issue. I certainly hope that Mr. Locascio decides to fully disclose everything about what happened with that, and doesn't do what Ms. Barrett did and try to arrogantly say "I did nothing wrong", without adequately explaining why he did nothing wrong. For the Board to say "We looked into it, it wasn't credible" just isn't going to cut it right now. It's what happens when your credibility and your integrity is dinged. You have to go back to square one, and build back the trust. To Ms. Barrett, thank you for stepping forward and doing the right thing, and for your willingness to serve. You said somewhere that you are going to focus on your family, and I hope that you and your family grow closer as a result of this experience, and that you have a very Merry Christmas.
Joe December 11, 2013 at 11:58 PM
As I mentioned before the real issue here is the way our Dr. Agruso has handled the situation and we should be embarrassed as a district. As unusual she has "bullied" her district employees and both fired and transferred anyone connected with Liz Barrett. If find this not no only offensive but appalling and why isn't the board of education looking into this. Can anyone answer this?
sally pruslow December 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Sara the board seat is for 3years not two.
Steely Dan December 12, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Charlie Gardner should be placed on the board. He had the next highest votes, far more than Pam Deford. All I can say is that Liz will have to answer to the authorities with regards to the money. To have a claim knocked out on a technicality like "Lack of Service" shouldn't be consume many billable hours. Usually an associate attorney or Paralegal will draft the papers. I would be interested to know if any of the billable hours were non BOE ethics issues. Disability, claims of defamation, breach of contract for a contractor hired to do work on the house..Would be just a few examples were one might use an attorney for several issues. Attorneys keep good records of phone calls etc. But the billable hours get a little blurry if phone calls cover other issues. It's a shame. This will surely make future fundraisers be under the microscope with many residents.
Dan Warne December 12, 2013 at 06:59 PM
No one should be placed on the Board, keep the seat vacant till May. Let the voters make their choice, can't let anyone say "they're the incumbant", because that wouldn't be true. The Board can function with 4 members, it only needs 3 to conduct business. Let the voters have their say in May!!!
Steely Dan December 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM
I don't know how in the world she can say she was targeted. It was all her doing. 4 infractions. It worries me that she doesn't take responsibility for her own actions. Now that she is like every resident and not held to confidentiality, is she going to continue blurting out information she accrued from her time on the Board? I think she will. What did this employee do to deserve their info released. better yet the poor child whose email she spread around. I don't see anyone feeling sorry for these victims of Liz's hate!


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