Thursday's West Islip Board of Ed Agenda

A sneak peek at the Board of Education's agenda for their February 14 meeting.

The West Islip School Board of Education will hold its montly meeting on Thursday at 8 p.m. at West Islip High School.

The Board will aprrove a donation to the West Islip Robotics Team, and President Steve Gellar will discuss lease agreement approvals for the district.

Click on the the preliminary agenda posted by West Islip school district (attached as a PDF) for full details on Thursday night's meeting.

Rich February 18, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Isn't that great. Elected "volunteers" with NO educational experience or background answer to no one and an no one oversees theirs work or decisions. At least this explains their decisions over the last two years.
Tom February 18, 2013 at 04:11 PM
How does it feel to be so completely and entirely full of crap? If Simon is telling you these things then why are you not going directly to the boe to lodge your complaints? If as you say he has no authority to run the district, then why do we need a superintendent? You sound like a moron. Of course he has the educational authority to run the district. The boe is an oversight committee, fiduciary oversight. They do not manage the day to day operations of buildings, and they certainly do not dictate where services are going to be given.
Kelly February 18, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Thank you Joannie! As a parent with a child in resource room as well I wish these people would stop using our kids as pawns in their ridiculous banter. You are 100% correct it is all about the TEACHER/STUDENT connection. Unless a parent of a child who actually uses the resource room speaks the rest of you should shut up about the subject and find another thing to bitch about. My child is doing quite well this school year.
Larry February 18, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Again the West Islip taxpayor is being blinded with BS. This is not about kids learning in closets( I can't believe with the taxes paid into this district this is even a conversation) it is a complete diversion to the big problem that is never addressed which is EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION. You want your schools back address employee compensation, you want your programs back again address employee compensation. Your have 4 union cronies sitting on a board of ed of 7 what do you think the odds are that compensation to over paid employees will be addressed. You have gym teachers making 150k per year (scott craig) who works 5 periods (3.5 hours) per day 6 months per year. Then these employees go out on 3/4 pension and healthcare for the rest of their lives. You want your children to have nicer schools with better programs fix the bloated compensation issues that Albany has handed down and that the Board of Ed will not challenge. Instead they will do another million dollar bond offering for a new turf soccer field.
Larry February 18, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Thats fiscal responsibility for ya. There has never been in the history of this country a union run organization that is not filled with over bloated compensation packages that will drive that organization into the ground, that is why the private sector has all but extinquished these corrupt leeches that promote nothing but laziness and a sense of entitlement. As usual the public will follow the private sector they just always take longer because government is always inefficient and slow to move on anything, but they will also get rid of these policies and contracts that were corruptly signed. The promises that were made to all these public sector employees will blow up, New York will follow California right into bankruptcy then these promises will all be gone. Enjoy it my friends because it wont last much longer, the party is almost over and with this Obama economy its coming alot faster then expected.
Pat Herve February 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Larry, I can see that you really misunderstand how Unions work - you truly believe the Kool Aid of the blame game. Do you think the Union specifies the Superintendents salary? Not all Unions are corrupt - some yes, but there are many many non union organizations that are just as corrupt. These teachers have more education than most (Masters degrees and higher) - should they not be paid a good wage? I know many high school graduates who have cracked the 100K a year salary - why not teachers. And, should we not provide healthcare and retirement to all of our workers - or would you prefer us to be like some third world country and offer no benefits to employees. Yes, they have alot of perks - and there are perks that should be cut back - but do not blame the Union - they are doing there job to get the best negotiated deal they can. Blame the politicians who kow tow to the Unions. You really do have too much anger built up.
mommamia February 19, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Tom: Simon has authority to run the district. But don’t be fooled into thinking that Simon’s authority isn’t under the thumb and direction of the boe because it sure is! The last 2 yrs of decisions by the boe shows Simon has no real authority. After years of Dr Blau as superintendent I also had the mistaken impression that the superintendent was head honcho of our school district. Why? Because the boe yelled how high every time she yelled jump. Recent history showns the boe very publically deciding to do exactly the opposite of what Simon recommends is in the best interest of the students and the district. Make no mistake about it: Having Simon as superintendent is very convenient for our boe. Don’t forget a couple of short years ago Simon was handpicked by only the boe. It was the first time in WISD history that no other group had a voice or opinion in the selection of the district’s superintendent. Very convenient indeed.
Jack Latch February 19, 2013 at 03:25 PM
why it's wendamia ......
Tom February 19, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Jack, I was thinking the same thing, now after reading "mommamia's" latest post I do believe you are right.
Valerie February 19, 2013 at 04:38 PM
It's actually pretty funny with a side of SAD. She has at least 5 screen names if not more. She left "Linda" out of this one, that was nice. Let's create a screen name the week before and go on like I am new and quote people from over a year ago. Yeah ok.
Nomo Bigelow February 19, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Same old tired posts: Regan continuing her latest personal vendetta with her neighbors Rich still sniffling over school closings Truth be told-the vp is the only one up there with any education experience. No one else says squat.
Walter Isaacs February 19, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Just wait till the tea party man begins to campaign in earnest, oy vey.
mommamia February 20, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Truth be told "Nomo"? spoken like the vp of the boe herself. How long has it been since she's stepped foot inside a classroom? 12 years? 15 years? a real classroom Nomo, not 2 year olds. Can't speak for Regan but thanks for the comparison. She's smart ands got balls enough to tell the truth. Unlike Debra,Valerie and the ultra fake-names Walter Isaacs and Nomo at least she has guts enough to post her last name to what she writes. I was at the meeting on thursday night Nomo. Only reason why no one else on the boe says squat is b/c they never get a chance to get a word in. it's like the meeting and the questions are all for the vp and there's no one else sitting at the table except her.
Walter Isaacs February 20, 2013 at 01:39 AM
Hey momma, I don't know what I ever did to you to get your knickers all twisted, nor do I care to read your vulgar language. Leave me out of it please.
Larry February 20, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Pat are you trying to tell me that a teacher making 100k per year should really make 200k per year if they worked a full year. Like teachers always say"you could have chosen to be a teacher" damn straight i could of, however as a parent of children in this district and has basically watched it be dismantled because of fiscal issues, yes i look at the biggest cost and what is it Employee compensation. Please don't tell it has not gotten out of hand.. And yes I do believe 100% if you go to school and better yourself with continuing education by all means you should be well compensated for it, but where I have the problem is the life time contract these unions have straddled the tax payer with. I will pay you a fair wage but take care of your own retirement and healthcare, i should not be paying for someone when they are not working fund your own damn pension. why can't they create their own pension system like private sector unions, they don't go after the taxpayor. UPS, Coke the don't ask me for a dime and they all fund their own retirement and the public sector should do it as well. By they way show me one company that has not gone bankrupt with union contracts, UPS will be the next one soon enough. And yes they should have pension funded by their own organizations not by my wallet.
Larry February 20, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Also These teachers should be hels responsible for poor performing students, there should be a running three year average on how each teachers students and then you will get a clear picture on how well the teacher is performing. it should not be on a year to year basis, to be fair it should be judged over a thre to five year period.
Jessica Horvath February 20, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Honestly, these kids are perfectly safe, secure and happy in their resource room. Is it a giant classroom? No. But there arent 20 kids in that room. There are only a few at a time. Like the above poster said......it is about the TEACHER. I send my kids off to school without one worry about their safety. Next, Annmarie was the only one who took the time to address the concerns of the two parents who got up to express concern about the situations in the elementary schools. She spoke with them both privately after the meeting adjourned. I myself witnessed this and was part of the conversation. Annmarie had ideas and solutions. You can hate her all you want but she is the only one who is coming up with possible solutions to help these kids. I am happy Mr. Simon went to visit these schools, but he was the one who was dismissive and rude. No member of the board dismissed these two parents. All listened attentively.
Walter Isaacs February 20, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Laryy, Months ago you asked to be spoken to as a two year old, you are falling behind your peers. You pay for the pension of Coca Cola workers in each can you buy whether from the machine, or delivered on the has been blogger's truck. We as taxpayers pay for the diabetes treatments. A teacher does 40 50 hour weeks averages 2000 hours/year, a professional in other industries does 50 40 hour weeks averages 2000 hours/year. Give or take for either one. have you offered your boss a cut in pay merely because there is someone who will do it cheaper. Perhaps you should go drive a rickshaw in Rangoon and see how little you have benefited from unions in this country.
mommamia February 20, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Nor do I care to see your vulgar picture of a topless Alex Trebek.
mommamia February 20, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Ok everybody, if JESSICA says all of "these kids" are secure and happy then they must be secure and happy. Jessica didn't you post that one of the solutions brainstormed during the think tank was to have all the kids spend recess back in their classroom and have the teacher's lunches cut by a half hour? My fav idea was that the lunch aides should be entertaining the kids in lunchroom.
Valerie February 20, 2013 at 02:17 PM
And you just became a member last week! Bahaaaaaa! So funny! -Valerie Rivera (who can care less who knows who I am!)
Larry February 20, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Again fund yur own retirement stop leeching off my wallet, stop the entitlement mentality. But then again New York is broke and Albany knows and thats why Cuomo is doing everything to patch this up, its like a dam that has a hole its inevitable it will break and this to shall break and unfortunalty alot of people who were promised entitlements will be left flat. Politicians always side with the popular vote and they will not bail out the over bloated union pigs.
Larry February 20, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Walter again you try and come off as an intellectual and you sound more and more like a babbling fool that the supports the medocrity of the public worker. I live with a teacher and was raised by a teacher and know the profession pretty well and at no time did a teacher ever log in 2000 hours per year, they only work 6 months per year, Walter do the math they would be working 75 hours per week which I assure you they are not. I am not begrudging anyone a fair wage to the contrary I applaud it however when those contracts were awarded through bullying and intimidation(using our children as pawns only to watch the kids programs get reduced every year) and unfair practices through the teachers unions. You might not like being exdposed Walter (but then maybe you do by your ridiculous picture)but the fact is every union contract has one thing behind it and it is never for the benefit of the children. Also I have a choice not to buy Coke I have no choice about the teachers union I can negotiate with theres only one.. Thats another thing the state should do is bust up the teachers union and make it a competetive process right know its a complete monopoly and I thought that was against the law. Monopolies should work on both sides of the equation.
mommamia February 20, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Valerie 11:33 am on Monday, November 5, 2012 "Sometimes I think the people of WI do nothing but find a way to complain about EVERYTHING."
Jessica Horvath February 20, 2013 at 03:12 PM
listen no need to get hostile. you just saw the posts from two parents who have kids that use the resource room and they think it fine. you just want to complain about things that don't even affect you. if it was a problem the parents would be complaining. next, what is wrong with the lunch aides engaging these kids for 15 minutes? I don't think they should go back to the classroom either. I think it is better to stay in the cafeteria because they need a break from the classroom. instead of yelling at the kids for talking to each other during the only time of the day that is set aside to relax and socialize why not engage them in a game or something? if they are busy and interested the lunch aides job will be easier.
Jessica Horvath February 20, 2013 at 03:16 PM
PS...no one said anything about cutting teachers lunch hours.
mommamia February 20, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Who's going to watch the kids having recess in their classrooms? So you now speak for the lunch aides too? How many lunch aides told you their jobs would be so much easier if they had the added responsibility of entertaining the kids? Lunch aides weren't hired to be the entertainment. There are too many kids in a confined space, that 's the problem. None of it is any of the lunch aides fault.
Jessica Horvath February 20, 2013 at 04:09 PM
@ mommamia - they discussion that took place never indicated that teachers would be the ones to watch the kids. Hiring more aides was discussed. I am not blaming the lunch aides for anything. The fact is that they are there to oversee the kids at lunch and there is no reason why they cant entertain them instead of yelling at them to be quiet all the time. Guess what? 100 kids in one room will NEVER be quiet. But if they are kept busy then the noise level can be controlled.
Jack Latch February 20, 2013 at 04:15 PM
oh, but you can......it is sad and funny at the same time...
Valerie February 20, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Great job at proving my point mama! Your new screen name is quoting again from Novemeber! There's only one gem who does that! Sick bitch!


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