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Kline Resigns Board Seat

Began service in turbulent times

Dani Kline has announced that she is resigning her seat on the Roslyn school board, saying she and her family plan to move from Roslyn soon and she will no longer be eligible to serve.

“It’s been an incredible experience, to be trusted by the community with such an important and meaningful role,” Kline said at a recent board meeting. “I have thoroughly enjoyed the connections, relationships and mentoring that has taken place with the administration and with my fellow board members. I have much to be thankful for.”  

 

Kline was first elected to the board in a special election in the fall of 2004, and has been re-elected three times since. She served three years as president of the board during her eight-and-a-half years of service. She was among the first of the new trustees elected in the immediate aftermath of the financial scandal that roiled the district in the mid-2000s. The newly constituted board faced the monumental task of fixing a host of fiscal and other problems. 

The much-heralded school superintendent, Frank Tassone, and others in his administration, had been charged with stealing $11 million from the district to pay for luxury lifestyles and homes. Tassone was jailed for his role in the scheme.

 

“No one will really know or understand what we went through in those early days except for those of us who suffered through it,” said Board President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy. “For your efforts, Roslyn is a better place, Roslyn has a future, and it will miss you.”  

By making her resignation effective now, rather than at the end of the school year, Kline enables her seat to be contested in the election and budget vote on May 21. There are two years remaining in her term.  Two other at-large seats are also being contested, those of incumbents Steven Litvack and Bruce Valauri. The two candidates who win the most votes will be elected to full, three-year terms, beginning in July. The candidate who comes in third will be elected to complete Kline’s unexpired term, and will take a seat at the board table immediately. The deadline for filing a petition to be a candidate is April 22. Contact District Clerk Nancy Carney Jones for more information at 801-5002.