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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 !!!!
jessie malone March 23, 2014 at 08:10 PM
Bosse was told years ago to repair the cracks under the pool, which is where the ses pools areRead Morelocat ed, that is where the roaches are coming from. The serving area in Café. C is infested, many times when the workers are using the dishwasher, the roaches have flown onto their backs. There was a cockroach found in a teachers tuna sandwich a few years ago. DISGUSTING. I know, I worked in the H.S. for 13 years.
Samantha Riley March 14, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Wendy, You do realize this is an issue facing many school districts on Long Island, not just WestRead MoreI slip? East Islip is about to institute the Princeton Plan to save money. You have sat here on Patch for several years now and just spouted blame, pointed fingers and even tried to ride the coattails of Glen Montes for a while. Instead of sitting on the sidelines and criticizing everyone and everything, put your money where you mouth is and get in the game. Run for the school board and fix what you feels need fixing. You seem to have all the answers and feel that the school board is dirty or fixed or whatever. Stop being a Monday morning quarterback and actually do something to fix what you think is wrong. At least Glen had the courage to make a run. Do you?
Wendy Regan March 15, 2014 at 11:33 PM
Samantha, thank you for your kind words. When I write on Patch I’m very careful that theRead MoreFACTS I write about can be verified with documentation. I’m also very careful to clarify what statements are my OPINIONS---and they are just that---my opinions. I’ve written about many mistakes, omissions and coincidences regarding our board of education and some of its paid personnel. I have documentation to support that these mistakes, omissions and coincidences are very real. I’ve never written that our school board was “dirty, fixed or whatever”. However if people living in West Islip read about the mistakes, omissions and coincidences and then come to their own conclusion that our school board is “dirty, fixed or whatever” then that’s their opinion. If people living in West Islip read about the mistakes, omissions coincidences and then come to the conclusion that everything is still fine and dandy here in West Islip, then that’s ok, too. I don’t tell people what to think. I just put verifiable information out there and then leave it up to them to make up their own minds. Regarding East Islip and the Princeton Plan, I can only guess by what you wrote that you are firmly against the Princeton Plan for their town? Sayville also looked into the Princeton Plan in order to save their district money, however the community was against uprooting the district’s youngest grade levels etc. Whether or not East Islip will institute the Princeton Plan to save their district money, East Islip’s board of education should not only be commended for being forthcoming with the information about the possibility of the Princeton Plan, but for the East Islip School District scoring better than West Islip on the NYS tests especially when taking into account that the East Islip School District has encountered the same financial hardships, increasing costs, etc that West Islip has. The Sayville School District, which also considered instituting the Princeton Plan to save money, should also be commended for continually outscoring West Islip on the NYS tests while dealing with the same financial adversities that we have here in West Islip.
West Islip Resident March 16, 2014 at 07:13 AM
I have said it before and I will say it again. The teachers and administrators in West Islip areRead Moreonl y here for a pay check due to an entitlement atmosphere created by the BOE. If your child is not in the top 5% of academia they will be treated as a number only and left to fend for themselves. This while the top 5% gets the royal treatment had handed everything they need and want to remain in the top 5%. Unfortunately Samantha, you challenge Wendy and others who point out these issues to run for the BOE, but those individual's kids are or have been reaping the lions share of the special treatment and will do everything in there power to have it remain that way. When I see and hear all that is wrong with this district either perceived or factual and the lack of transparency that continues. I have to wonder what many of the BOE and district supporters are also getting, is your kid a 5% err.
jengallozzi March 29, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Note my new email jengallozzi@optonline.net please forward this reminder to all yourRead MorePeeps!(when you’re “Grass Roots”-that’s the only way we make this happen for the children)Thank you for your part! Hi! This is the last weekend before the Easter drive...We need at least 4000 baskets, goody bags and gifts for the kids. Please fill some goody bags or make a basket. Don’t have time to make a donation? Think about stopping at the Dollar store to pick up a holiday gift. Be the 2nd to donate on our PayPal link (that would really help), whereas, supplies and candy are especially “pricey”, these days! http://www.freewebs.com/hhinwi/apps/donations / Adult gifts and goody bags are also welcome. Ex. -costume jewelry, Goody bags, pocketbooks and wristlets filled with bath and body, hotels samples, makeup, nail polish etc.!! Please like us on Facebook, so, I can send you alerts, as folk’s needs arise. http://www.facebook.com/HelpingHandsInWestIslip?ref=hl Jennifer Gallozzi Pres./Founder and especially Proud volunteer of Helping Hands in West Islip Inc. 1990-