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Mary Lagnado Named Interim Westbury Superintendent

BOE adopts newly proposed budget; candidates forum May 8

The Westbury School District has named Mary Lagnado, former assistant superintendent for business and management services, as interim superintendent. Now in her 11th year with the district, Lagnado will replace outgoing Westbury Superintendent of Schools Dr. Constance Clark-Snead when her retirement becomes effective in June.

“With the superintendent retiring, the school district is in need of someone that’s not only competent, but also sensitive to the needs of the community and student body. Over the years in her tenure at Westbury, Mrs. Lagnado is a person I feel that fits that bill, and we look forward to working closely with her as the leader of the district,” Westbury Board of Education President Dr. Pless Dickerson said.

On April 16, the board of education moved to adopt a newly proposed 2 percent tax levy ($73,260,865) and a total spending amount of $111,754,933 for the 2012-2013 school year. According to the district’s website, the budget calls for the reduction of nearly 34 full-time employees, which results in $3,164,526 in total cuts from the rollover budget.

The budget-to-budget increase is 2.61 percent from last school year’s $108,908,327. The district enrollment has risen 2.8 percent, up from 4,466 students to 4,591.

“We went with the 2 percent tax levy budget out of consideration to the community taxpayer while attempting to maintain the integrity of our instructional program,” Dickerson noted.

The Westbury PTA will host a meet the candidates forum on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school’s little theater. The event will feature incumbents Dr. Pless Dickerson, Rocco Lanzilotta and challengers Cosmas Bonaparte Jr. and John Simpkins.

The budget vote is Tuesday, May 15, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the following schools; Dryden Street, Park Avenue, Drexel Avenue and Westbury Middle. For more information, visit www.westburyschools.org.