Liverpool Professional baseball opens its season this week and you know what they say at the ballpark: “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard!”
In that spirit, let’s take a glance at the roster of our home team on the Liverpool Central School District Board of Education. They pitched the proposed $129 million budget for 2012-13, a plan that expected to be approved at its April 2 meeting. And don’t forget that the lion’s share of those many millions go to school employees, primarily teachers.
Teachers 6, taxpayers?
Now let’s take a gander at the 2012 BOE scorecard.
Board President Patricia DeBona-Rosier is a retired Liverpool High School teacher.
Board Vice President John J. Kennedy is married to a teacher.
Former President Donald Cook is the spouse of a retired teacher aide.
James Root is a retired teacher, who worked for many years at Elmcrest Elementary.
Richard Pento’s wife is in charge of language arts at LHS.
Recently appointed Stephen DiMarco is married to a teacher aide at the high school.
Three other board members – Stacey O'Neill Balduf, Kevin Van Ness and David Watson – have no apparent ties to district employees.
Election set for May 15
Three of the teacher-oriented board members will stand for re-election on May 15. President Patricia DeBona-Rosier and two appointees — Richard Pento and Steve DiMarco — will be listed on this year’s ballot seeking three-year terms.
Will anyone come forward to oppose them?
Those questions could be answered after 5 p.m. Monday, April 16, the deadline for nominating petitions to be filed at the Office of the District Clerk, in Room 1 at the District Office, 195 Blackberry Road; 622-7130. To win a spot on the ballot, potential candidates must gather 49 signatures from qualified voters in the district. That doesn’t seem like too tough a task.