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Knox to Take Over as Board of Ed Vice President

Board member Theresa Knox takes over for the recently resigned Scott Martella.

Theresa Knox is the new Vice President of the Smithtown Central School District Board of Education, replacing Scott Martella who resigned earlier this month, according to a Smithtown Radio report.

Knox is serving her fifth year on the board.

, citing conflicts of interest between his career and role on the school board.

“As many of you know, I recently accepted the position of Suffolk County Representative to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  The position requires me to recuse myself from discussions when there is a lack of impartiality or conflict of interest. Because of the frequency at which I have already had to exercise this judgment call, I am resigning my position as Board Trustee,” he said in a speech during the meeting.

Read the full Smithtown Radio report here.

MotherHubbard December 02, 2011 at 05:26 AM
The referendum was separate from the May vote. It was in June, 2000. In fact, it was two separate proposals, the second being to build rooms for accommodate full day kindergarten. That decision was made by the board in the winter of 2000.
Pam December 02, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Yes we did vote for that separate but the actual letters of intent only started trickling out to the NYSED right after the referendum. The letter of intent is the first document that needs to be sent before the districts puts together the plans, specs, etc...., and then the approval process, and then the building project can begin. It is just unfortunate that we will be paying on that referendum until 2025 as we begin to shutter schools.
Martin Cantor December 02, 2011 at 02:02 PM
Hi..Martin Cantor again..the referendum and the bonds and long term budget impact is why structural change as to how education is administered has to be made..there is no long term vision..and when the bonds are paid off there will be a smaller taxable base when the baby boomers pass on or move away..what will be left should be a smaller LI in population..the problem goes deeper than the bonds..best Martin Cantor
Pam December 02, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Wise words Mr. Cantor. Our long term obligations without the bonds is eye opening. I have asked many times over the years for our very large district to develop a multi year plan- just as the NYS comptroller suggests, as well as the fiscal management arm of the NYSED. Unfortunately-that has not happened. It would go a long way in helping the entire community understand our obligations. Thanks for your input-you do know there is an opening on our BoE. lol
Martin Cantor December 02, 2011 at 07:55 PM
thank you Pam...wish I could..I live in Melville but I've developed a plan for townwide school districts that would help districts such as yours make it easier to focus..it focuses dollars on children, the classroom and teachers and away from expenses that are not directly related to educating children..you can find it at www.martincantor.com ..education finance and quality of education for children are two factors that should not be at odds with each other..and thanks for the kind words..glad my CPA and Dr. of Education were not wasted efforts..any help I can give just ask..best Marty Cantor

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