Board of Ed Candidate Q&A: Diane Nally

Nally says she can help the board be a bridge between the community and district.


Three candidates will vie for two open seats during this year's board of education election. Patch asked the candidates to give us a quick rundown of who they are and why they are running. Residents will have a chance to question the candidates at the May 9 Meet the Candidate event taking place at the high school and can place their vote for the budget and candidate of their choice on May 15.

Diane Nally has lived in Kings Park for over fifty years. She is married with three children, all of whom graduated from Kings Park High School. Her husband was a teacher at Kings Park High School for 32 years and her son Tom is an eighth grade social studies teacher at the high school. Her two daughters are educators in other districts.

Nally has worked at St. Joseph’s school of religion for 15 years as an education instructor.

Kings Park Patch: What prompted you to run?

Diane Nally: I have been attending school board  meetings  since September and I feel that there’s more that can be done to give the community a greater voice. The school board needs to be more inclusive and needs to listen to the community more.

KPP: Can you expand on that?

DN: I just think that there are ways that we can involve the community more in what’s going on in the district.  I think that I have, in preparing to run for the school board, I have gone to school board meetings in other districts. I went to one where they talked about having a survey on the site when it came time to prepare their budget. They had a community meeting and presented different options and then did a survey on line, which they do periodically.

I just think that sometimes it is difficult for parents and community members to come to a school board meeting and we need to look for ways to include them.

KPP: Can you give an example on how you would do that?

DN: I would support a survey. From being at board meetings, I think there are ideas I can bring to the board to help us be more of a bridge between community and the district.

KPP: What do you see as some of the district’s most complex problems?

DN: Economic times and mandates from the state make running the district  difficult. They have to make tough decisions.  We really need to listen to the community and evaluate what they are asking us to do. More can be done to include members of the community who are unable to attend board meetings.

KPP: What ideas do you have in mind?

I would like to see the public comments portion of the meetings before they do voting. Not on all issues, but on things that are controversial, where people feel they would like input and we can hear them before vote

Also exit surveys to fill out after a board meeting to give feedback and or to say I had a question I didn’t get to ask or this was great a meeting.

See Related: Meet the Candidates Night

Patch conducted a Q&A with each candidate running for the board. Check back tomorrow for our Q&A with Charlie Leo or read yesterday's Q&A with Mike Kelly.

KingsParkKid May 08, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I think you will be a wonderful addition Mrs. Nally. I really hope you win and think it is wonderful how you go above and beyond just attending KP BOE meetings! You are taking this seriously and I believe you will do best for our children, district and community! You have my vote and I am hearing great things about you as a person.
KPLifer May 09, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Keep nepotism alive in KP!!!!
John from Kings Park May 09, 2012 at 02:06 PM
So true! Town of Smithtown Parks & Highway Dept's have been practicing extreme nepotism for years now. It's not what you know, it's who you know... Her husband is "Smokin" Tom Nally! Mr. Foghat himself!
sally pruslow May 09, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Sally Pruslow Suprise!!! People that like to make negative comments don't have the courage to give their name. What cowards. Ever hear the expression " If you have nothing good to say, don't say anything at all". I think that her idea to be more inclusive is needed. I'm sure there are sitting board members that might object to that idea. Give her a chance and this isn't the highway dept. or the parks dept. I think she needs to be given a chance. By the way no one is commenting on the other interviews. Suprise!!!!
John from Kings Park May 09, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Here's an idea... Vote for her QUIETLY & let us have our opinions...
sally pruslow May 09, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Sally Pruslow If you want to voice your comments why don't you man up and add a last name or are you affraid someone know you.
new guy May 09, 2012 at 04:08 PM
massaro....who cares about highway or parks jobs. this election is for the school district. lets try to stay on topic and civil.
John from Kings Park May 09, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I don't think I was saying anything uncivilized here. And how do you know my last name? Do I know you? Stalker!
new guy May 09, 2012 at 04:12 PM
also john, how does nepotism affect an ELECTION? think about it.
KingsParkKid May 09, 2012 at 04:14 PM
actually, i do not believe i ever met mrs. nally. I read her interview on the Patch and also contacted many people who know her. Based on that information, i believe she would be a great addition to the BOE. I must say, anything that has to do with the KPCSD is really out of hand. So many disrespectful, hypocritical, rude, bad, distasteful, manipulative things have been said, done and written. Why is anything that has to do with our district such a disaster!? I believe three people would like to give their time to better our community and children and there is NO reason to be hurtful. That is my opinion and again, good luck Mrs, Nally!!!!
John from Kings Park May 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
My name is John Massaro. Born in 1968 & raised on the Avenues of Kings Park & the Alps of San Remo, graduated from KPHS in 1986. Married another Kings Parker, we had a house in San Remo for 3 yrs before moving away. Family still in KP & I will be back sooner or later myself... Happy now?
John from Kings Park May 09, 2012 at 04:30 PM
You're kidding right? C'mon dude. You honestly think a little local yokel election like this can't be rigged?
sally pruslow May 09, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Sally Pruslow I'm gald you identified yourself John. As a past board of ed member I feel any one who can't identifiy themselves is hiding something. As for anonymous, could it be a board member ?Makes you wonder! Again if you have any integrity you will man up or womanup !!!!
John from Kings Park May 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
It's all good, Sally. No worries...
John J. Gallagher May 09, 2012 at 05:36 PM
A question: How best (or should) old guys like myself show some involvement in the KPBOE....our children "moved on" (the last ones were KPHS class of 1990)....should we just continue to vote and leave it at that ?
new guy May 09, 2012 at 08:01 PM
rigged????? c'mon john, lets be serious. when was the last time you voted? do you think we are putting a piece of paper in a shoe box?
Pam DeFord May 10, 2012 at 03:29 AM
After hearing the three candidates speak at tonight's "meet the candidate" night, I will be sure to let everyone know one of my votes is going to Diane Nally. I believe her first priority will be our children. As it was stated, children should be the board's #1 priority. As for the negative comments I have read on here, I find it appalling that we live in a community among some people who would rather criticize others for their efforts instead of applauding them for VOLUNTEERING their time for our children. For those who wish to remain anonymous, I guess you have your cowardly reasons.
Nick Viscomi May 10, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Anonymous how could you possibly make a statement like that? What proof do you have and how is that constructive in any matter? If you feel the other two candidates are more qualified that is well within your rights. That is no excuse to bash an incredible woman who has always served the community and has been a proud resident of Kings Park for 52 years! Assuming things like that is simply not constructive and detracts from the sense of community that makes Kings Park such a special place to live.
Pam DeFord May 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Nick, I totally agree with you. I won't even waste your time responding back to "Ms. Anonymous". It seems to me she is afraid of a person who is well-received by our community. Must be hard for her to lose at controlling people. As I said before, this is a place to find out about community news not a place to anonymously bash someone who is willing to take on job for our community and children. Those who wish to remain anonymous and have a lot to say about someone's character says very little about their character. Enough with the childish games!!!! Let's concentrate on how we can continually improve our school district and community.


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