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Ryan Bonner (Editor) April 16, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Hi Frank, Patch recently went through a restructuring and our staff is much thinner now. In fact,Read MoreI am the only editor for 15 sites. So by necessity our coverage has become much more regional in nature. We are still making an effort to publish local content, but there's no way we can do it as intensely as we have in the past. I have been encouraging readers to use our Boards and blogging platform to share their own news and thoughts on major issues in town. I always do my best to feature reader contributions in the top spot on the homepage. Feel free to reach out to me anytime at ryan@patch.com. Take care.
ELLA April 16, 2014 at 09:51 PM
The old format of the Patch was easier to read. If you posted on a blog you could request e-mail on Read Moreany replies. News was about West Islip, now I've gotten to the point that I'm not interested in reading it anymore.
Frank April 16, 2014 at 10:11 PM
I'm sorry Ryan, maybe it's not your call but like ELLA'S post I agree the old format was better.Read MoreThe old Patch was more of a community board. As always I'm sure it's about $$$$$, under staffed, and underpaid.
Wendy Regan April 10, 2014 at 09:39 AM
I am beyond thrilled that the district is employing a math specialist and returning full timeRead Morelibrar ians to the 2,000 elementary students of WI. For the poster who’s so quick to state that I posted incorrect information about Dr. Ruland’s presentation and the response it received, please view the videos of the school budget workshops and power point presentations on the district’s website. Surely when you see and hear the response for yourself you’ll realize that there was a reversal regarding reinstating full time librarians and an elementary math a specialist. This is the second time you’ve stated that I posted incorrect information and the second time that the district’s own video of the meeting proves you to be wrong. Quite frankly I don’t care who, how or when it was decided—I’m thrilled that steps are being taken by our district to secure the successful education of 2,000 WI elementary school students. Isn’t that what this is about---the district spending our money in ways which will successfully educate WI’s students?
Wendy Regan April 10, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Jessica I haven’t denied that unfunded mandates exist for our school district. But by looking Read Moreat the numbers on the state’s education dept website it appears that the majority of LI school districts are still able to provide their elementary students with a strong educational foundation in spite of the unfunded mandates. Again, I don’t deny that our district has to contend with unfunded mandates but to me it seems like “unfunded mandates” is our district’s catch-all phrase that could mean ten thousand dollars or ten million dollars. Do you know what percentage of our district’s expenses is actually spent on unfunded mandates? Just to be clear Jessica, I don’t blame the BOE for the common core, unfunded mandates, etc. I do blame the BOE for the financial mistakes and decisions they’ve made that I feel have negatively impacted and continue to negatively impact our school district’s finances. I didn’t imply or state that you were being a bully because your view differed from mine. I respect everyone has their own opinion and it’s ok that everyone doesn’t agree. The bullying to which I referred was to Valerie Rivera’s 4/4/14 5:58pm post.
LITTLE INDIAN April 15, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Here we GOOOOO !!!!