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Gellar, LaRosa Re-elected to BOE Positions

Annual reorganization meeting kicks off 2012-2013 school year.

Board of Education President Steve Gellar and Vice President Annmarie LaRosa were re-elected to their respective positions for the 2012-2013 school year at the school board's annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night.

Gellar was nominated by LaRosa, while LaRosa was nominated by Trustee Ron Maginniss. Both nominations were approved by the board.

"I'm looking forward to once again serving the West Islip community," LaRosa told Patch.

The meeting, which preceded the board's regular monthly meeting in Performing Arts Center at the , kicks off the new school year.

The BOE is coming off of a turbulent year, punctuated by obstacles including a and the resulting . Those challenges will continue into the coming year, as the BOE prepares for the consolidation of the district's elementary schools and once again faces a tax cap mandate in the midst of rising costs.

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Jake J. July 12, 2012 at 04:57 PM
So Maginniss nominated LaRosa, and O'Connor ran against Maginniss last year. Everybody finally getting the picture now? How about it, Rich?
Wendy Regan July 12, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I thought Kevin O'Connor ran against Mike Zotto this past May. Maybe Kevin ran against Maginniss the year before?-- I don't remember. I don't follow about "getting the picture".
Jake J. July 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Yes, this past May O'Connor ran against Zotto - and Rich commented that O'Connor must be "in" with certain people because he was involved in the WI Summit. That was why Rich voted for Zotto after months of bashing the decisions that Zotto was just as much a part of as Gellar. And a lot of people jumped on that bandwagon with him. But O'Connor ran against Maginniss last year, so if Maginniss just nominated LaRosa, he is the one "in" with certain people - not O'Connor. I tried to warn them... Can't wait till the VP gets re-elected again next year just because everybody is afraid of who they might be getting with a new candidate. It's just so sad.

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