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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.

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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