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Board Candidates Tackle Residents' Questions in Meet the Candidates Night

Candidates in agreement on most issues, praise current board of education.

 Residents had their chance to meet and question the trio of candidates contending for two open spots on the Kings Park Board of Education Wednesday evening.

Candidates Mike Kelly, Diane Nally and Charlie Leo agreed on most, if not all, of the issues that were raised during the two-hour question and answer period moderated by the League of Women Voters.

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All agreed the current board was up to par, providing children with a quality education while being fiscally responsible.

All three were in favor of keeping the current busing system and not contracting to an outside agency.

“I love that we have our own buses,” said Kelly. “It’s a nice feeling," but added that everything comes at a cost that has to be weighed. “What is the community willing to accept as far as cost and what they are willing to give up and keep.”

Nally said she is “very much in favor of doing everything we can to keep our busing and not go to contract busing.”

Leo agreed and said most drivers were community members who knew the streets. “I know contracting has been discussed and can be looked at. Owning the buses is probably the least expensive and the best option,” he said.

Contract negotiations for the teachers union were also discussed. The union’s contract expired last June,

Leo, said the answer starts with collective bargaining, adding that collective bargaining was “a simple idea, but a difficult process.”

Kelly, said, “any contract has to be negotiated with transparency, in a calm, relaxed fashion.”

Nally said she would like to see both sides come to a compromise for a "fair and equitable settlement."

Candidates were asked to share their involvement with the school in regard to their attendance at board meetings. Both Leo and Kelly said they have attended occasionally. Nally, who said she has been attending since the beginning of the school year said that she has also attended meetings in other districts.

Kelly has been to two budget hearing meetings; Nally said she has attended all, leaving early once during a Saturday meeting and Leo stated he had been at one or two.

The entire Meet the Candidates event can be seen on the school district’s website.

jimmybrown May 16, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Dr.Agruso took us to great places....????? I am utterly confused ,because the ONLY place she took this district is down the crapper!!!She has no Loyalty to this community.It is all about the power with that woman!! She has never faced a community like ours and she will again in her life!We prooved it today when Nally won!She has her goons and that is fine ,but don't be praising her because that makes me just wanna throw up in my mouth just a little! The woman is a NASTY person.Lets put her job on the line without a sneaky vote for another term ,or at the very least getting a review!!!!! The teachers get reviewed...the custodians...the aides..the 3 groundsmen ...the 3 mechanics..etc...why don't she LEAD by example if this is the case!!!!You can praise her all you want ,but this town knows the real deal!!!We all know how she HELPED you!
jimmybrown May 16, 2012 at 02:38 AM
WOW!!!! You need help!
jimmybrown May 16, 2012 at 02:47 AM
I agree well said! I am glad Mr.Motherways 5 minutes are up...like he once told one of the community members!!!See ya you won't be missed!
jimmybrown May 16, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Thank you Kings Park for putting in all the effort to vote Nally :) ! It prooves just how strong we are if we stick together.Now that we have a voice on the board things can be done the right way. We won't be told to sit down...times up.....no more comments...and I am greatful to all who voted Nally she is clearly the best person to fill the shoes of that evil Motherway...as for Steve he will be missed his shoes can't be filled!
KPLifer May 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Mommy, you won! Now get me a raise and tell my boss to stop picking on me!! I am entitled to everything as I grew up here!!!

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