Written by Alex Greco Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00
On the evening of July 6, an air of change filled the room as Richard Maccarone was elected Glen Cove School District’s newest board president. After receiving five YES votes and one abstention, Maccarone was officially sworn in.
Also sworn in that evening was Superintendent Dr. Joseph Laria, Vice President David Huggins, and Trustees Joel Sunshine (re-elected) and Barrie Dratch (newly-elected).
The Record Pilot was honored by being designated for the second year in a row as official newspaper of the district, along with Newsday.
The new president started off the meeting with a few remarks, putting an emphasis on the need for transparency while highlighting the importance of public comments.
“If...[a member of the] public...comes to a meeting to ask a question,” said Maccarone, “they should be able to ask the question.” Maccarone asserted that if someone takes the time and effort to come and have their voice heard, then they deserve the attention of the board.
“You know I love this town,” he said. “We’re going in the right direction.” Maccarone added, however, that, “There’s still a lot of work to be done.”
Discussion about various topics followed, including the construction on the 1910 building as well as internal and external auditing committees. An omnibus motion was also approved.
During the public comments, one resident raised concerns about the district’s hiring practices. She pointed out to the board that the district sometimes does not use hiring committees—that are composed of both parents and teachers—when searching for new employees and wanted clarification on this policy.
Dr. Laria and Trustee Sunshine explained that the district tries to use these committees as much as possible but noted that they can sometimes be difficult to form, obligating them to skip this part of the hiring process in the name of “expedience.”
The resident acknowledged this but also made clear that she wanted to see more effort go toward forming the committees.
The meeting closed at around 9 p.m. The board will hold a planning session on Aug. 8 at Finley Middle School.