Liverpool school board scorecard

— 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.

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groovemachine 3 years, 10 months ago

Mr. Tarby,

Well, you seem to have all the answers....why don't you run for school board? Nice that you can use your little platform on this paper to not only denigrate the current members but also to encourage people to run who are not somehow affiliated with some nasty, horrible, tax guzzling teacher. How many people even bother to vote for school budgets or board positions? Do some research. I don't know why I even bother to read your diatribe.


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