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Elmont Board of Ed Has Big Vacancy

The Elmont Board of Education has a big vacancy following the passing of board president Frank Ragona last week. The seven-member board now has one less member, but Mr. Ragona wasn’t just a member, he was the board’s president.

The board is most likely to appoint its next president. It stands to reason that vice-president Lorraine Ferrigno will become the board’s new president and the board can then elect a vice-president.

The board also has a choice to make with regard to whether or not to fill the vacancy left by Mr. Ragona’s passing. The board can elect not to fill the seat and remain a six-member board until this May when an election for the seat will be held. The board can also decide to appoint a person to fill the seat until May when an election will be held. It’s more likely an appointment will be made to fill the vacancy.

“The statute virtually mandates that an appointment be made,” said school board attorney Colum Nugent.

If the board elects to fill the vacancy, the vacancy will be filled until the next election, which is held in May. The winner of that election would then serve the remainder of Mr. Ragona’s term, which expires in 2012.

The board’s next scheduled meeting is December 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dutch Broadway School. The board could also call a special meeting before then.