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School Board Voting Issue Part II (Sarcasm Ahead) UPDATE

Warning: SARCASM ahead.

What’s the saying, “You can’t make this sh*t up”? The Long Beach School vote is still hanging in the air. First my congratulations to Mr. Mininsky, if anything I’ve learned to spell his name correctly writing it so many times. More to the point I am bursting at my pajama jeans seams that Long Beach Politics continues to entertain and delight, despite the fact that politics should not be at School Board elections.

Darlene Tangney and Gina Guma who tagged teamed Mr. Mininsky are still at a tie. The Patch’s latest report The District Clerk may make the decision. Now who is the district clerk you may ask? Wrong, it is not David Fraser. He is the Long Beach City Clerk.  In my other post I explained that our school voting had nothing to do with the City Council and associated management.

The District Clerk is Carole Butler – Long Beach City School District (NYSLRS Member). Her voice may be the tiebreaker or we could spend 15,000 dollars of the school budget we just passed for another election. Or….wait for it….. We could have our own version of the Hunger Games minus the finality part.

Toss a coin in Kennedy Plaza? First one to Hang Ten wins? Blink and something new happens. Looks like Ms. Butler’s out of the decision department according to the latest update from The Patch: longbeach.patch.com/articles/election-tie-could-come-down-to-district-clerk.

Now you know why every vote counts.

UPDATE:  Guma caved.

Source: http://www.liherald.com/longbeach/stories/Guma-calls-it-quits,41093

VOTE! (Your Tax Dollars, Your Say)

You wouldn’t know it unless you have one or more of the [i]estimated 4000 children attending the Long Beach School District or read the local paper or The Patch that we’re having a Vote on May 15, 2012. I say this, as the lack of signage from previous elections is quite observant.

The Contenders for Board of Education on the ballot are:

1A: Stewart MININSKY

2A: Darlene TANGNEY

3A: Gina T. GUMA

4A: Write in vote

5A:  Write in vote

I learned of Mr. Stewart Mininsky’s run for School board a few months ago when he created a Facebook page  Mininsky for School Board.  Mr. Mininsky is a retiring maintenance worker at the Long Beach Schools.  He had the first lawn sign I saw sprout up a couple of weeks ago.

I wondered about the other candidates or lack of candidates as I observed no signs until last week when Darlene Tangney and Gina Guma appear to be running tag team against Mininsky.  The signs are small and unobtrusive.

Given the odds either the incumbents will win or one of them will. The question is do you care?  The Herald has endorsed the incumbents. Mininsky has cried foul on Facebook in one of his comments:

Stewart Mininsky:  Funny who would have thought that the Herald would endorse my opponents. Duh? Maybe you can contact the Herald on their web sight and ask why they canceled the endorsement interview.How can you give an endorsement without the interview so you can gather the facts and give an informed and intelligent response?

Darlene Tangney’s Facebook status has been quiet since her failed election in November against Denise Ford for County Legislator back in November of 2011. She’s held the position of school board trustee since 2009.

Gina Guma’s social media is limited to her family and friends but she’s been a Trustee for a while. (It’s her third term)

How else do we find out about the candidates?  The PTA had a meet and greet last Monday evening at the library.  I was not in attendance, but read the synopsis and the comment section that followed on The Patch http://longbeach.patch.com/articles/school-board-candidates-square-off-in-debate-ee246436

This will not sway the way I vote but it’s a quick read and I always find comments amusing and sometimes quite informative.

Also on The Ballot are two Propositions for Budgets.

Proposition 1 is for the School District.  They would like you to vote Yes/No to the estimated $122,151,564 budget.

Proposition 2 is for the LB Library Budget. They would like you to vote Yes/No to the estimated $ 3,366,868 budget.

Finally, the lone Warren E. VEGH is running for Library Board (6A).  There’s also a write in vote at 7A.

So that’s the ballot.  Will you vote?  School board budget votes usually have the lowest turnouts. Considering the barrier island’s population is estimated at close to 38,000 minus the kids. You would think we actually give a rat’s ass where the money goes, no?

In 2008, 1599 people voted Yes to the budget and 985 voted No[ii]

Last budget vote of 2010 according to the May 18, 2010 Herald the count was 1,804 votes to 1,394, residents approving the district’s $116.5 million 2010-11 budget.

It seems everyone is claiming fiscal irresponsibility in our City. Should the kids be denied programming because adults can’t add or be fiscally responsible?

That will be for you to decide.  This Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

Check the District’s website.  They really have improved it and it’s worth a look.  We’re never too old to learn. http://www.lbeach.org/

Link to LB Library and budget info: http://www.longbeachlibrary.org/



[i] http://www.newyorkschools.com/districts/long-beach-city-school-district.html

[ii] http://www.longislandschools.com/budget/