“We have to stop recycling our presidents and vice presidents”

Interesting quote from a school board member in the City of Poughkeepsie.

City school board’s top officials swap posts

Staino, Duncan lead again in ’09-’10

July 9, 2009

The Poughkeepsie school board’s two leaders have switched posts for the 2009-10 academic year.

Last year’s board President Raymond Duncan will serve as vice president during the coming year. He was replaced as president by last year’s vice president, Ellen Staino.

Board members late Tuesday night elected officers during the annual reorganization meeting at the Jane Bolin Administration Building.

Superintendent Laval Wilson Wednesday praised Duncan and Staino for their leadership skills.

“She’s our most experienced board member,” Wilson said of Staino, a former board president who has served on the volunteer panel for more than a decade. “I look forward to working with the two officers and the entire board.”

Staino, who taught in Marlboro schools for more than three decades, said Poughkeepsie and districts across New York are likely to face fiscal and other challenges.

“But we’ll continue to move in a positive direction,” Staino said Wednesday. “I think we’re definitely on the right track.”

The board met at 10 p.m. Tuesday, 21/2 hours later than its usual starting time. Duncan said prior to the session that a scheduling conflict would prevent a board member from arriving on time. The meeting was rescheduled so all five members could attend.

Staino was unanimously elected president.

1 vote against

The vote to elect Duncan vice president was 3-1, with one abstention. Board member Robert Creedon cast the lone dissenting vote and member Randall Johnson abstained.

Creedon declined comment Wednesday when asked why he voted against Duncan.

Johnson, who has never held a leadership post during his three years in office, said he hoped to serve as a board officer this year.

“It’s time to give someone else an opportunity,” Johnson said. “We have to stop recycling our presidents and vice presidents.”

Only Duncan and Staino have held the board’s top two posts over the past three years. Duncan could not immediately be reached Wednesday for comment.

Staino said she respects Johnson’s opinion.

“We’ll see what next year brings,” she said.

Wilson said the district in the coming year will continue to work on a number of initiatives designed to increase the graduation rate, which has hovered around 50 percent in recent years.

To reach that goal, the district has turned to an academy approach at the high school.

In addition, the America’s Choice academic program has been implemented at the middle school, where test scores have gone up. Officials have also worked to standardize elementary-level curriculum.

Poughkeepsie Journal

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One Response

  1. I think that the President should have changed he always seems to side with the superintendent and never against him and maybe the other people on the board are afraid to disagree with him, with the exception of 2 people. But everyone else sticks together, the power needs to be changed!

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