NH School board needs HUGE changes.
Some thoughts

Westernville, NY

#145 May 19, 2014
Hipster wrote:
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Fusco is Cousins with Mr. Ed Flemma . Also Fusco and King seem to be running together. Everywhere you go you hear Fusco and King. So I guess you are wrong about connections.
First of all, If there is a connection between Fusco and King, that is not a connection between Fusco and the administration. Yes, Fusco and Flemma are cousins, however, I was not thinking about the BOE as part of the "administration" if one does, then I stand corrected. Now let's take a look at that connection, Flemma ran and won against the then presiding President which was the first time a President wasn't re-elected in decades if not ever. Mr. Flemma has been very supportive of the teachers, children and parents. He listens and makes decisions based on the facts presented. He abides by policy and tries very hard to get the rest of the board to follow the policies as well. Not everyone likes him, because he doesn't play along with the BS of the BOE and the Superintendent (administration). Not sure the fact that Mr. Fusco and Mr. Flemma are related is a bad thing. I know Mr. Fusco and he is honest, he listens to all sides, he is smart, and had three very successful children graduate from New Hartford, so, he knows the importance of a great education New Hartford residents expect and demand.
Disagree

Westernville, NY

#146 May 19, 2014
Lima wrote:
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Seems like you have a lot to say about people you don't even know. I have been reading your posts. Shkane seems to have a lot more to offer than just having his kids in school. I think it is a plus to have kids in school for he will work harder to do what is best for all of our children. Isn't that what the members of the school board should be doing?? What is best for our children and prepare them for their future? Not just in sports but music , art and academics?? He is honest , and will let out voices be heard. From what I know he is a neutral party.
First of all, I never said I didn't know these two candidates. The comments I made about Stephens were factual and the comment I made about Shane was the only comment any poster has said about him which is the fact that he has kids in school. I disagree with your implication that BOE members with kids in school will work harder then those who don't. That's like saying everyone who goes to church is a better Christian then someone who doesn't. Have you seen how people walk out of church all nice only to lose it in the parking lot? Oh and before anyone attacks me on this, I do go to Church.
School Board must change

Whitesboro, NY

#147 May 19, 2014
Some thoughts wrote:
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First of all, If there is a connection between Fusco and King, that is not a connection between Fusco and the administration. Yes, Fusco and Flemma are cousins, however, I was not thinking about the BOE as part of the "administration" if one does, then I stand corrected. Now let's take a look at that connection, Flemma ran and won against the then presiding President which was the first time a President wasn't re-elected in decades if not ever. Mr. Flemma has been very supportive of the teachers, children and parents. He listens and makes decisions based on the facts presented. He abides by policy and tries very hard to get the rest of the board to follow the policies as well. Not everyone likes him, because he doesn't play along with the BS of the BOE and the Superintendent (administration). Not sure the fact that Mr. Fusco and Mr. Flemma are related is a bad thing. I know Mr. Fusco and he is honest, he listens to all sides, he is smart, and had three very successful children graduate from New Hartford, so, he knows the importance of a great education New Hartford residents expect and demand.
I think Mr Fusco will be an excellent candidate who will be fair and balanced, qualities that seem to be missing from the School Board right now.

As for Drew Ward, his defeat as a sitting School Board President should have been a warning to the rest of the School Board Members that "Business as usual" was over. Alas, that wasn't the case and Jim Stephens, Beth Soggs, and Lisa Phillipson continued with the same shenanigans that cost Drew Ward his Presidency. Hopefully, after Jim Stephens is defeated, the School Board will get the message that voters are not happy and want a different direction.
rmn

Potsdam, NY

#148 May 19, 2014
Some thoughts wrote:
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First of all, If there is a connection between Fusco and King, that is not a connection between Fusco and the administration. Yes, Fusco and Flemma are cousins, however, I was not thinking about the BOE as part of the "administration" if one does, then I stand corrected. Now let's take a look at that connection, Flemma ran and won against the then presiding President which was the first time a President wasn't re-elected in decades if not ever. Mr. Flemma has been very supportive of the teachers, children and parents. He listens and makes decisions based on the facts presented. He abides by policy and tries very hard to get the rest of the board to follow the policies as well. Not everyone likes him, because he doesn't play along with the BS of the BOE and the Superintendent (administration). Not sure the fact that Mr. Fusco and Mr. Flemma are related is a bad thing. I know Mr. Fusco and he is honest, he listens to all sides, he is smart, and had three very successful children graduate from New Hartford, so, he knows the importance of a great education New Hartford residents expect and demand.
sounds like you are PAID to speak for FUSCO. has he bailed you out of jail???
NH parent

Whitesboro, NY

#149 May 19, 2014
rmn wrote:
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sounds like you are PAID to speak for FUSCO. has he bailed you out of jail???
The sad thing is, the above is the best reason anyone has put forth to vote to reelect Jim Stephens to the school board.
Disagree

Westernville, NY

#150 May 19, 2014
rmn wrote:
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sounds like you are PAID to speak for FUSCO. has he bailed you out of jail???
That's funny, but no, I was just stating facts. No one needs to pay me to speak my own mind, but thanks for the laugh.
welfare kids

Evanston, IL

#151 May 19, 2014
why is there so much talk about NH schools - look at Utica school ratings. Where is the outrage there.
Decision time

Westernville, NY

#152 May 19, 2014
If you are undecided as to who you want to fill the two empty BOE seats, watch the YouTube video of the May 13th board meeting where all 7 candidates spoke. It was very informative.

I had already discounted Stephens for his recent voting practices as a current member, so that left six candidates for me to choose from. Two candidates, Fusco and Tangorra came prepared for this meeting. All candidates talked about why they wanted to be board members: their children, giving back to the community, feel they can add value, want to do more to help; but Fusco and Tangorra were the two who stood out and went beyond the "common" talking points by talking about specific areas of concern, what they want to do about it and how. It appeared to me, that they really did their homework and came prepared. It demonstrated their drive and concern which I appreciated.
rmn

Potsdam, NY

#153 May 19, 2014
Decision time wrote:
If you are undecided as to who you want to fill the two empty BOE seats, watch the YouTube video of the May 13th board meeting where all 7 candidates spoke. It was very informative.
I had already discounted Stephens for his recent voting practices as a current member, so that left six candidates for me to choose from. Two candidates, Fusco and Tangorra came prepared for this meeting. All candidates talked about why they wanted to be board members: their children, giving back to the community, feel they can add value, want to do more to help; but Fusco and Tangorra were the two who stood out and went beyond the "common" talking points by talking about specific areas of concern, what they want to do about it and how. It appeared to me, that they really did their homework and came prepared. It demonstrated their drive and concern which I appreciated.
not too mention putting signs anywhere and everywhere. very annoying. FUSCO is an overrated lawyer and TAngorra and opinionated drug rep.
harold

Potsdam, NY

#154 May 19, 2014
Disagree wrote:
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First of all, I never said I didn't know these two candidates. The comments I made about Stephens were factual and the comment I made about Shane was the only comment any poster has said about him which is the fact that he has kids in school. I disagree with your implication that BOE members with kids in school will work harder then those who don't. That's like saying everyone who goes to church is a better Christian then someone who doesn't. Have you seen how people walk out of church all nice only to lose it in the parking lot? Oh and before anyone attacks me on this, I do go to Church.
i think they will work harder because it is their children's present and future which they are trying to improve. the candidates with school age children are at all of the school events- both sports and arts. not just coming out of a nursing home close to 70 to get some more buisness for their law practice.
Tommy

Ithaca, NY

#155 May 19, 2014
harold wrote:
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i think they will work harder because it is their children's present and future which they are trying to improve. the candidates with school age children are at all of the school events- both sports and arts. not just coming out of a nursing home close to 70 to get some more buisness for their law practice.
You couldn't be more wrong you fool. That is the problem, parents with kids in school. They are only yes people. AD must go. He is a brutal no good human. He is bad news NH.
NH grad

Albany, NY

#156 May 19, 2014
NH grad wrote:
The one thing everyone can agree on is the AD is an incompetent jerk.He's a vindictive hypocrite and everyone knows it !!!
All Bob Nole has to do is fire the AD and most of his problems will disappear. The AD is not a 100 percent .If he has an issue with a parent your kid is screwed. All his neighbors think he's a jerk.
harold

Potsdam, NY

#157 May 19, 2014
Tommy wrote:
<quoted text>You couldn't be more wrong you fool. That is the problem, parents with kids in school. They are only yes people. AD must go. He is a brutal no good human. He is bad news NH.
i am talking about the board members not Mr. NOLE
Tim

Whitesboro, NY

#158 May 19, 2014
Disagree wrote:
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First of all, I never said I didn't know these two candidates. The comments I made about Stephens were factual and the comment I made about Shane was the only comment any poster has said about him which is the fact that he has kids in school. I disagree with your implication that BOE members with kids in school will work harder then those who don't. That's like saying everyone who goes to church is a better Christian then someone who doesn't. Have you seen how people walk out of church all nice only to lose it in the parking lot? Oh and before anyone attacks me on this, I do go to Church.
So if you know the 2 candidates why don't you just ask Shkane why he is running.
Greg

Whitesboro, NY

#159 May 19, 2014
Lima wrote:
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Seems like you have a lot to say about people you don't even know. I have been reading your posts. Shkane seems to have a lot more to offer than just having his kids in school. I think it is a plus to have kids in school for he will work harder to do what is best for all of our children. Isn't that what the members of the school board should be doing?? What is best for our children and prepare them for their future? Not just in sports but music , art and academics?? He is honest , and will let out voices be heard. From what I know he is a neutral party.
why don't you run ? You sure have a great deal to say about everyone. Or are you already on the board? Most likely the latter.
Greg

Whitesboro, NY

#160 May 19, 2014
Disagree wrote:
Let's take a look, you are backing Steohens who has been on the Board for decades, but did not know that coaches had to meet certain standards before being hired, or did know and voted for them anyway. By the way, he may have not known about the qualifications until last year (as a board member he should have), but even when it was brought to the full attention of the board, he still voted for unqualified coaches. This was against State law! What did he want to do about this - nothing! Also, there is still the fact he voted to extend the Superintendent's contract, two years before it was coming up for renewal! Really, this is a candidate you think should be re-elected?
As for Shkane, what does he offer? Oh, he has kids in school. Wow, that's a great reason to vote for him.
So in summary, you are backing one candidate that has shown he votes against State policies regarding minimum requirements regarding coaches and a candidate who has kids in the school. Oh, and you have the gale to point out grammar issues!
Why don't you run for a board seat?You sure have a lot to say about the candidates. Flapping your gums about everyone. Maybe you already are a board member. It would not surprise me. At least there are a couple good candidates out there without hidden agendas and do not just say what they think the public wants to here to get them in there and then do nothing. So what's all the fuss about Fusco!
School Board must change

Newark, NJ

#161 May 19, 2014
Greg wrote:
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Why don't you run for a board seat?You sure have a lot to say about the candidates. Flapping your gums about everyone. Maybe you already are a board member. It would not surprise me. At least there are a couple good candidates out there without hidden agendas and do not just say what they think the public wants to here to get them in there and then do nothing. So what's all the fuss about Fusco!
There it is folks... the typical Central New York attitude when anyone dares to criticize the political elite: "Why don't you run if you think you can do better".

That is why I am NOT voting for Jim Stephens.
NH schools headed for tro

Lowville, NY

#162 May 19, 2014
We need new leadership at NH Nole is not doing the job. He needs to be replaced he is a taker 200,000/ year and gives nothing back.
Disagree

Westernville, NY

#163 May 19, 2014
Greg wrote:
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Why don't you run for a board seat?You sure have a lot to say about the candidates. Flapping your gums about everyone. Maybe you already are a board member. It would not surprise me. At least there are a couple good candidates out there without hidden agendas and do not just say what they think the public wants to here to get them in there and then do nothing. So what's all the fuss about Fusco!
Why don't I run? For the same reason I have asked many board members. It is a thankless job and when you try to follow policy and law, you run into members like Stephens, Luker, Soggs, and Philipson who don't care about policy or rules. They have their own agenda and those they help think they are wonderful and can do no wrong, who cares if they break the law and open the school to liability! There are several candidates who are good friends with the current administration, so if they win, the politics will continue as usual!

"Flapping my gums" - are you afraid of the truth? Maybe you are a current member of the board who just doesn't like anyone mentioning the facts and speaking about the truth of what has been going on. Let's see, I spoke about Mr Stephens who voted against state law (fact) and Mr. Shkane who has kids in the school (fact).
Disagree

Westernville, NY

#164 May 19, 2014
Tim wrote:
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So if you know the 2 candidates why don't you just ask Shkane why he is running.
I know Mr Shkane from school. He was nice, but I would never vote him into an official position based on what I know of him from that time. However, people do grow up and change. I just have not seen him to ask him. Maybe I should, since no one else can say anything but the fact that he has kids in school.

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