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Pat-Med School Budget, Propositions Pass

O'Brien, Rignola, LaVelle win BOE seats.

The proposed $162 million 2012-13 school budget passed Tuesday with a vote of 1988-1402.

Anthony O’Brien, Christine Rignola and William LaVelle officially won the three open Board of Education seats in the unopposed elections.

LaVelle’s write-in opponent, Anthony Russo, received only 469 votes to LaVelle’s 1399.

Also passing was proposition 2, 1730-1145, which will change future Board of Education elections to an “at large” format where the top vote getters will get spots instead of specific seat challenges.

Proposition 3 passed 1756-1137 to allow previously approved funds to be used toward capital projects.

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squander n. blunderbush May 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I pay ever-increasing taxes, though I have no children currently in the district. My children enjoyed a good education, and I am quite willing to pay to allow the children of my community to count on the same. Squander N. Blunderbush, my full name, reminds me always of the lack of support of the previous Federal Executive-in-chief, when he blundered into two unnecessary wars and squandered our children's future. I should think that you, Jon Thomas, would remember those atrocities. As a taxpayer, I demand that we have solid school buildings, and solid teaching staff. Patchogue Village should not be orphaned when it comes to neighborhood schools.
squander n. blunderbush May 17, 2012 at 01:02 PM
PS..since you, Jon Thomas, do not like my name, I suggest you google yours and find out what it really means! (check out Monty Python)
pat medford May 17, 2012 at 03:20 PM
jon thomas.....as someone who seems to be a concerned citizen, maybe you should take the time to get the facts before passing judgments.... I have read numerous comments from you on several patch articles and I have to say as a parent of children in the district and someone who is very involved in the district, I will tell you that some of your statements are just plain false. If you had attended a march 5th Budget meeting and heard all the facts that were presented you would realize that closing schools to save 1 million dollars in a 68 million dollar budget made absolutely NO SENSE. The over all effect on our schools, children and families would have been disastrous. And the hundreds of people that attended that meeting can attest to that as well. The only two people in the room who thought it was a good idea was Mr Lavelle and Mr Houdek. And please don't try and say it is because they are trying to increase opportunity for the students...that was dis-proven the night of March 5th. In spite of what some people would like you to believe,these buildings are not vacant half empty classroom filled hallways.Of the buildings I am in on a regular basis, I do not believe have one empty unused classroom. Continued on next comment.....
pat medford May 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Then there were comments that were made about Mrs. Rignola. Though I do not know her personally, I have done my homework and can tell you she is not a contractual teacher for this district . She has been a sub here for several years and knows the district very well. I highly doubt that she would be someone that the union would want to use to "stack" the board as you state.She had already run for the BOE last year and lost by a very narrow margin. I do not think she or her supporters appreciate your defamation of her character. And in case yo do not know, Mr LaVelle is one of two trustees named in a federal lawsuit which I am sure is going to cost the district a huge amount of money. Whom was he looking out for when his actions prompted this litigation? Not the people of Patchogue -Medford. Want to know more, just google his name and Patchogue Medford. Mr LaVelle's behavior at the end of the evening just proves why there was such a community movement to get Anthony Russo back on the BOE instead of him. He has been verbally abusive to parents at board meeting , he is out of touch with what the majority of people in this community want and it is just very unfortunate that there was no one officially on the ballot to run against him. Which was why the Friends of Anthony Russo movement started in the first place.
Fred Stewart May 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
i thought this thread was about the pat med school board?!?!

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