Question of the Day: Thoughts on the New Board of Ed Members' Debut

Tuesday night was the official start for Grace Plourde and Joanne McEnroy on the Board of Education – what did you think of their first night on the board?

Two new Board of Education members were voted in on May 17 in Grace Plourde and Joanne McEnroy – and the pair made their debut in front of parents, community members, teachers and more Tuesday night.

What are your initial impressions of the newcomers?

Let us know in the comments.

Carl Woodward July 19, 2011 at 03:13 PM
So if a new vote is a possibility, then all voters should have been invited to the meeting. I'm sure people who knowingly voted against the proposition want a say also!
One Opinion July 19, 2011 at 04:27 PM
At any BOE meeting since the May school budget vote, the school board could have voted to put up a new transportaion referendum. Tonight's meeting is just another opportunity for that to happen. If you knowingly voted AGAINST the proposition then you voted to maintain the busing as it was and should be happy that thousands of fellow citizens have been busy petitioning the BOE and school district for another vote.
Susie Schlomann July 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM
Well said. Excluding certain people of the district from information, when they are not exempt from supporting the district financially, is wrong, and gives the appearance of manipulating the issue. I hope we can all agree that 'sunshine' is a good thing and will only lead to better government. Open government at the school district, state, or federal level is healthy. Keeping people in the dark or deciding which residents do and do not get information, as here with the busing meeting at HSW, should be a clear warning that all is not well. If it looks like someone has something to hide, they usually do.
mjjm July 20, 2011 at 07:27 PM
Mr Carlin never won a contested election. He lost twice a won in a uncontested election. This time he lost in a landslide. He did not even attend the last meeting and has not been heard from since.
One Opinion July 20, 2011 at 07:35 PM
IF you do not have the blessing of the almighty STA then you have an tough battle winning a seat on the Smithtown Board of Education. Mr Carlin was an advocate for the taxpayers and the children. Not the unions. He educated the people on what was really happening and the financial realities of the district. These are not characteristics that the the STA appreciates. Apparantly everyone wants nicey nice BOE members not real advocates for efficient schools.


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