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Alcure Looks to Save District, Locals Money in First Full Board of Ed Term

After being appointed to the board in December 2011, Chris Alcure has a focus on having a smoothly run upcoming budget season in his first full term as a member.

has only sat on the Board of Education for roughly six months, replacing , and has already taken part in numerous tough decisions, from closing Nesconset Elementary to choosing a new superintendent for the upcoming school year.

Now set to begin his first full term as a board member, he is looking forward to taking on more daunting tasks the Smithtown Central School District would face. 

Alcure, a corporate accountant by day with two children at Branch Brook Elementary, said saving the district money so the next budget season goes smoothly is one of his highest priorities.

“We’ve sorted out a lot of our labor contracts, we went through a two-year process around a school closing, we have some of the big things behind us, but based on a two-percent cap I think we have to look at the fact that as a board we don’t ever want to have to pierce the cap,” he said. “If you listen to the community they don’t always want us to go out with two, so we’re going to have to find a way to creatively save money.” 

, something that he didn’t believe was real until it was announced that he was voted in to his seat.

“This year in particular there was a lot of feedback from the community of things they would have liked the board to handle better,” he said, questioning why no other community member would try to take his or the soon-to-be-vacant seat of Joseph Saggese.

With Alcure securing his first full term, newcomer Matt Morton taking Joseph Saggese’s seat, and Joanne McEnroy and Grace Plourde both entering their second full year, the majority of the board is new. Alcure said having a largely new group of board members could bring in a renewed energy and spark new ideas.

“Effectively four of us – Grace, Joanne, myself and Matt – are all virtually new. [We’ll] bring new business knowledge, bring in fresh ideas, and have a mindset of trying to work together. I’m looking forward to that dynamic,” he said.

Alcure, while admitting the beginning of his term was tough and feeling like he was up in front of the community more days than not, said he had no reservations when deciding to run for his first full term and will embrace any and all challenges the future holds.

“We accomplished a lot in this short time I was on as a team and I’m looking forward to accomplishing a lot more,” he said. “It’s been great and I have no qualms.”

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Argile June 06, 2012 at 12:51 PM
"has already taken part in numerous tough decisions, from closing Nesconset Elementary to choosing a new superintendent for the upcoming school year." So in short the kids got screwed and the taxpayers got stuck paying for a super that makes a higher salary than the last one. Yeah, we're off to a great start....
scsddad June 09, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Two things he accomplished was giving the new Superintendent a huge raise and giving the teachers a raise is that what he calls saving the district money. I bet the next budget they try to save the district money on the students back. Anyone up for that bet Bob or Bill.
Heard Around Town June 10, 2012 at 03:30 PM
scsddad, you are misrepresenting the facts. he was away when the vote for the next superintendent took place, so you cannot say he voted yes in giving him a raise. In addition, the teachers contract saves the district money. why don't you stop down to a BOE meeting and he can explain how it saves the district money.
Argile June 10, 2012 at 10:38 PM
@ My Observation, care to expain how it saves the "district" money if everyones taxes went up? Sounds like political BS to me. You should run for the BOE next time. You'd fit right in.
Sticks60 June 11, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I would like to know what new business knowledge and spark of new ideas are coming our way. Let's take the new contracts for teachers and admin. In the space of time that the board takes to approve a substitute teacher posting the board past both contracts that lock the district into increased spending for the next three years. In addition that was not on word of change to the contact on work rules. Six years since the last signing and a thousand teachers, administrators and school board members could not come up with one idea. In addition there was not one dollars and cents published projectioin for costs. If this district was a private business the only think thay would be buying today would be OUT OF BUSINESS signs.
Sticks60 June 11, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Noted the works of new business knowledge and fresh ideas. With the board spending less time discussing the three contracts that bind us to 70 percent of our spending over the next three years then it spent on discussing the pruchase of two vans and a truck I wonder what this business knowledge is. Personally I have never seen anything like it in my 40+ years. And new ideas, please someone post them for me. The only new idea I see coming is the new administrator will request that we spend $5000 more per student to match his achivement at BPBP and totally distroy our math department.
Mary June 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Not only that, all the time, effort, discussions regarding school closure and in the end the Board approves 100% of one school moving to another thus displacing even more of the other school. This BOE better wake up and realize what they are approving.
Sticks60 June 12, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Mary with the board coming up with the student reasignment plan just 2 weeks after the school closing vote I think they knew exactly what they were doing. The board just did not want the PUBLIC OUT CRY!!!! that discussing the displacement with the closing would have done. Just like the new STA contract and admin contract approve with out the whole story of what the cost will be.

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