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District to File Petition, Could Lead to Trustee Ouster Over Misconduct Charge

Board votes 3-2 to send petition to the New York State Commissioner of Education that could result in the removal of trustee Liz Barrett.

The Kings Park Board of Education is set to file a petition to the New York State Commissioner of Education that could remove trustee Liz Barrett amidst allegations that she shared confidential school information with an undisclosed third party.

Barrett would not comment on the petition, and referred all questions to her attorney John Bracken from the firm Braken Margolin Besunder.

The 3-2 vote in favor of sending the petition was supported by trustees Marie Goldstein, Bill Motherway and Tom Locascio. Barrett and trustee Steve Weber voted against the motion.

also on a 3-2 vote, with Barrett abstaining and Weber voting no.

Bracken said he spoke with Barrett and was aware of the vote to go ahead but had not yet received papers from LaRusso and Conway, the firm hired by the district to investigate the claim.

“I know little about the particulars. I have been told by Mr. Conway that I will receive papers by tomorrow morning,” said Bracken.

Bracken called the allegations, “absolute nonsense” and said he is waiting to see what has been gathered from the investigation.

Bracken said he thought it was unlikely, even if the allegations were proven true, that Barrett would be removed from the board.

“Assuming she did something, and I don’t think she did what they claimed she did, the likelihood is next to zero,” said Bracken.

When a petition for removal is submitted, the possible outcomes would be to remove or leave the trustee in place according to Jay Worona, general counsel and director of legal and policy services for the New York State School Boards Association.

"New York State law does not permit some hybrid situation where we want to censure a board member. No censure or reprimand. The only thing you can do is remove them,” said Worona.

If Barret is cleared of the allegations, attorney Joseph Conway said it is possible that her legal fees would be reimbursed to her by the district.

Conway said Barrett will be served with papers on Thursday and she has 20 days to respond to the petition.

"She will be served tomorrow through her attorney and have time to respond and answer and will have an opportunity to litigate in front of the commissioner to answer the allegations," said Conway.

JOHN DOE June 17, 2012 at 05:56 AM
B.O.E. MEETING 06|21|12 THURSDAY KINGS PARK H.S 6 PM DONT BE LATE.... GRADUATION DAY!!!! BIG DAY! 7% FOR ALL K.P TAXPAYERS LOSE!
NASA June 17, 2012 at 06:48 AM
########## B. O. E MEETING 6\21\12 6PM KINGSPARK H.S.############ GRAD. DAY REAL CLASSY SUSAN !!
NASA June 17, 2012 at 06:55 AM
SHE DID A SALARY FREEZE ON EMPLOYEES MAKING$ 40,000 APX. AND STEP FREEZES ON SAME. SHE IS A ----------- HOW DO YOU SLEEP?
NASA June 17, 2012 at 07:00 AM
6\21\2012 6PM KPHS B.O.E
sally pruslow June 17, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Sally Pruslow Remember it's graduation at 6:45pm. The meeting will be at the high school at 6pm. There will probably be NO PARKING. Parents and family will be there early for seats. THEY should move the meeting DATE or move the LOCATION. MAYBE NOT!!! If you can't attend (the tax payers) so what........
phicks June 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Sally - this was posted on the North Shore Of L.I. website: "The board tabled approving the May 29 minutes until it's specially scheduled meeting on June 21 at 5:30, right before the high school graduation." This is the link to the article if anyone is interested: http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/Articles-News-i-2012-06-14-92788.112114-sub18241.112114-UPDATED-Kings-Park-school-board-trustee-Executive-session-rules-not-followed-last-meeting.html
Dan Warne June 18, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Oops, Correction: Rebecca Sobotin, President, $52,506 New contract: 1st yr 1.25% no step 2nd yr 1.75% no step 3rd yr 2.00%+ step increase of 1.2%
Jon Hawthorne June 19, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Kings Park has been notorious over the years for not supporting new, promising teachers!! They have always been red flagged for not giving enough tenure and for making excessive cuts. I am a prospective teacher and I have done my student teaching at Kings Park (my alma mater) and a district on the south shore. That district blows KP out of the water in all capacities. The funny thing is that, that district is closely comparable to KP in demographics, economic class, enrollment size, etc. KP school district is about 10 years behind in educational technology and in serious need of upgrades!!! The people of this community need to drop the motto of priding themselves in "DOING MORE WITH LESS." If you want what is best for your kids then you need to step up to the plate. Dump these awful administrators and get some people in who will make changes. The high school needed some repair but, it didn't need an entire facelift as well. Some of that money could've went towards buying SMARTboards and other useful educational equipment. Possibly even upgrading some of the science labs that haven't been touched since they were first built!!
Rob G June 19, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Where did you get the 7% bs- check the agenda and STOP trying to ruin graduation day. My son AND our family will be at the school and wondering why you are so flipping mean. Sally- weren't you at the board meeting? DID YOU NOT HEAR THE AGENDA- seems like you are SO angry all the time and trying to rile up the community. For the rest of you- THIS IS NOT TRUE - check the agenda. I don't see why after over 25 years you think Rebecca should not be making just over 53K or why a teacher with over 30 years in the district shouldn't make his salary. Im glad Weber is gone, maybe the new board will try to promote something other than themselves. Maybe Weber can spin this into another position where he can blow his own horn at the expense of a group. Maybe MQ can give some more bad advice and bad karma then report to the news what bad shape we are in. I got one more to get through high school then I can stop listening to you people. Oh, by the way- my family needs three parking spaces so Sally take your bitter nonsense and stay home.
Liberty June 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Sorry Rob Sally is 100% correct. She states facts you state nonsense. If you are going to accuse anyone of ruining graduation I would point you to the BOE that scheduled this meeting.Tthere is something inherently wrong with their thinking when they were aware of this special day. You should also understand what type of person should be a member of our BOE. You definitely missed the boat regarding steve Weber, he is definitely an asset.
Bill Motherway June 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM
The next Board of Eduation meeting is this Thursday, June 21st at 5:30 p.m. at the Kings Park High School in Room 101. The Agenda will be posted on the District website. No raises will be discussed at the meeting.
Tobey June 19, 2012 at 01:02 PM
They should get rid of Goldstein for nepotism.
sally pruslow June 19, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Sally Pruslow I am glad the board has realized that jamming these raises down the community's throat on graduation night is WRONG. There needs to be open discussion on this proposal before voting. Full disclosure of where the money was found to fund these raises needs to be revealed. Rob G. if you want to call me bitter go for it but be MAN enough to give your real name. I am only trying to alert people that the present BOE is not following proper procedure. They are often not following regulations outlined by NYSDOE and appears they can't or won't work together.
Dan Warne June 19, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Sally your so correct, Dr. A said today that this money was bugeted, would like to know what budget line it was hidden in. And I would like to see the resolution transferring the money to the administrators office line from whereever. Just means the budget lines cant be trusted, what else is hidden? Looks like its time to file a FOIL to get the real truth out of this administration.
Dan Warne June 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Mr. Motherway you read the patch by your reply, so you could have made that information available last week instead of letting the issue fester. As you can see it is a hot issue with alot of the residents. This is the second instance of poor judgement in a month.
sally pruslow June 20, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Sally Pruslow Dan they are not clear. The info that Dr. A gave you is NOT on the line by line that is on the website. However, the assist to the sup is put in the sup office???? The sec for assist for circ/ inst is in a lump sum for his office. There are 2 sec's but we can't see it. How I know this is because I called Phil Kentor's office and I spoke with him. I expressed my concern that there should be more disclosure and maybe people would be less suspicious. Also said that with the cuts to staff, 10yr. old reading series in 5/6 building, updating our technology and I could go on. Giving raises doesn't sit well with the community.
Anon June 21, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Wishing the KPHS Class of 2012 a great Prom Night! Enjoy these moments and always carry the pride with you! Tomorrow, it's official ~~ Graduation Commencement! Hold hands, move forward and break loose ~~ and remember, you'll always have each other! And a beautiful Angel, Nick Hein, watching over you! Take good care of yourself and each other whilst all the whle, doing the right thing! xoMrsJ
John P June 21, 2012 at 01:33 AM
What a shame and sham the School Board 's members and Dr.A are doing to Kings Park. What did they cover up in the budget or hide so they can get a raise, while they cut services for the STUDENTS.The board that is sitting now should all be terminated and new board members be voted in. After a while people think they are GOD with the power. And what they are doing to Ms Barret is a shame and is all hear say. You mean to tell me any other board member has not talked to friends or family members about what goes on behind closed doors. Stop the BS , any money spent on just " hear say" is a waste of taxpayers money a BIG waste. You all should be brought up on charges, and terminated off the board, and even run out of town. Kings Park used to be for the children and people and was like one happy family, DR.A and the school board are making Kings Park not family friendly anymore.
Anon June 21, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Wishing the KPHS Class of 2012 a great Prom Night! Enjoy these moments and always carry the pride with you! Tomorrow, it's official ~~ Graduation Commencement! Hold hands, move forward and break loose ~~ and remember, you'll always have each other! And a beautiful Angel, Nick Hein, watching over you! Take good care of yourself and each other whilst all the whle, doing the right thing! xoMrsJ
KP Pride for Life June 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM
If somebody doesn't come out and just say what all this BS is really about. I will spill the beans right here on the Patch, in Newsday and with a follow-up letter to the NYS Attorney General's Office. There is a hell of a back story to all of this. Could it be that a lot of Hush-Hush deals were made years ago that are coming back to haunt the district. If this is ever made public you will see a lot of Administrators and contracted district “vendors” resign. You would also see Steve Weber and Liz Barrett vindicated. “Felonies, Fraud and Unprofessional Conduct by the KPCD.” That would be a nice black eye for the Town. The ball is in your court.
new guy June 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Please spill the beans.....
kingshsparkhistor June 24, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Was there ever a time that the qualifications for the National Honor Society were changed ? Also when it was chaqnged did a board member make sure that this change benefitted from this personally. What do you think?
KP LIslander June 26, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Tick, tock, tick tock. I think the beans are done and are getting overcooked. Looks like we are going to need to get new beans. The silence is deafening. In any event, the ball was and still is nevertheless in the court of those that that are cognizant of certain "info" and yet have apparently continued to choose to withhold such pertinent/relevant info (for whatever reason). I can't wait to hear what this supposed "back story" is all about. As anyone who has posted here without reluctance in the past knows, anyone with any credible info whatsoever can certainly feel free to come forward and apprise everyone else. No need to keep it to one's self.
KP Pride for Life June 26, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I must have hit a real nerve with a the usual Patch Posters. They know I know.....First the letter to the NYS Attorney's Office, then it will come out. It's amazing how the fear of the truth now keeps certain people silent.
Albert Noesei June 27, 2012 at 12:14 AM
KPPRIDEFORLIFE: I think you should post information that you know is true and accurate, but be very careful not to make libel statements. You know how things go and they have a LONG memory. It takes courage to go up against the bear. My hope is you take it down and hang it on your mantel.
KP LIslander July 03, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Not that it should be a surprise, but........Everyone is STILL waiting for the truth to be posted. What's the hold-up? Anyday now.................
new guy July 06, 2012 at 04:05 PM
anything yet?????.........
new guy July 08, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Starting to think there is no back story.....
Dan Warne July 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Attention School Board members: Tonights meeting has a resolution, Item VII, Sub letter (L) which reads: Authorizes the Superintendent or her Designee to "approve" budget transfers for the 2012/2013 school year. Any budget transfers should be done only by Board resolution, and that resolution should be onthe agenda. Dont give up your authority, Vote no to this resolution.
new guy July 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM
thank you Dan. :)

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