Rogan Named Huntington School Board President

John Paci elected vice president after being voted down for president.

Possibly a sign of things to come, election fallout was apparent at the first Huntington School Board meeting of the new term.

Nominated by board member Kimberly Brown, Emily Rogan was elected school board president by a 4-3 vote at Intermediate School Tuesday — with two new board members casting deciding votes.

"I think it's going to be a great year. I'm really looking forward to working with the new board and Mr. Polansky. I just feel very hopeful," said Rogan, now entering her sixth year on the board.

Just after being sworn in, new board members Adam Spector and Jen Hebert were united in their support for Rogan.

"I just think her strengths are a better match for the presidents' job," said Hebert when questioned by Patch regarding her support for Rogan and opposition to John Paci, also nominated for president.

Voting against Rogan was board members Richard McGrath, Elizabeth Black and Paci. 

Asked why he voted in favor of Paci and against Rogan, McGrath recommended that people not "read into" his vote one way or another.

"They both would have done a great job. I'm not sure we did Emily any favors," McGrath said jokingly.

Paci was unanimously elected board vice president by a 7-0 vote. 

Also serving in a new role for the first time, Huntington School District Superintendent said he was thrilled to begin working with the new board.

"Obviously we have a community that values education, that values support and collaboration and I'm here to facilitate that," said Polansky.

In May, Huntington Hebert and Spector to the school board while approving the $109-million budget. Some anticipate the new lineup has the potential to change the board’s position on the status of Jack Abrams Intermediate School, which was closed by the board last summer on a 4-3 vote. Both Spector and Hebert have stated their support for reopening the building.

Former board president Bill Dwyer lost in his bid for re-election in May and board member Christine Bene created an opening when she decided not to run again.

keith July 06, 2011 at 02:22 AM
Mrs. Rogan is the perfect person for the job.Huntington schools need more people like her. kjk
kate July 06, 2011 at 01:23 PM
Congrats to Emily. She will be the one, along w/ newly elected members, to get our school district back on track. Over crowded classrooms is not good for students or teachers. They have a tough job ahead of them....the three know what needs to be done to correct the situation and I feel strongly they will get the job done !
Jim R. July 06, 2011 at 06:30 PM
I'm proud to be a Huntington resident! We've made great strides!
Patrick Aievoli July 07, 2011 at 10:41 AM
Just so you know - your biggest weakness IMHO will be Polansky. For years at WW he could only deal with and help the students who had no issues. If a student actually needed some form of help the only response we experienced was a form of punishment. And BTW make sure you have your IDs facing out at all times or it is ISS for you even if they have inadvertently flipped while walking. No excuses and no consideration. Good luck HSD you have no idea what you just got yourself into here.... been an educator for almost 25 years and I have never witnessed such a lack of actually educating. Educating is more than just rote learning and discipline it is actually dealing with issues and finding the way to educate the student out of those problems.
Jim R. July 07, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Patrick - I've heard the exact opposite regarding Polansky and I have exceptional sources within the SHUFSD school district. Your attack on him seems shortsighted and you don't really provide concrete examples of his "lack of educating". Have test scores and graduation rates fallen while Polansky was principal? Facts over your "HO" would certainly be appreciated.
Patrick Aievoli July 07, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Jim???? - very close Part I Attack - in my humble opinion - IMHO. The key word in the sentence today is opinion. I can only speak first hand. Been an educator for 25 years (as you may want to see in the recent education news - e.g. Alabama public school problems - BTW - research is the premise of education and critical thinking) - tests do not measure a school nor their educators. Google it.... Students who rise to their potential based on their previous skills may be that judge. In other words is it unusual if a seven foot tall basketball player can dunk? Or is it a testament to the coach if some five foot eight tall kid evolves into playing the game outstandingly? Think "Hoosiers"
Patrick Aievoli July 07, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Jim - Part II As well as No Child Left Behind this misled mandate focused on test scores but yet our country remains approximately 37th in education in the industrialized world. I believe the Bush Doctrine stated in the title - "No Child Left Behind", that means every child would have those great test scores. How did that workout? My concrete examples are very close. Children with simply correctable LD never attended to in a very simple way. To the point where it has affected them the rest of their lives. Should have been noted and corrected even after numerous discussions and meetings. The solution - ISS and punishment. My examples are here trust me. What fun it was to witness the incredible jumble of cars at the drop off every morning. How much fun it was to have parents yelled at in front of me for trying to navigate something as simple as turning left to exit, while young children scurried in front of the car. How amazing it was was to witness the neglect of girl's sports - practice fields with holes and gullies - purchasing our own equipment - while boy's sports got a new field surface and multi team level squads with uniforms. I guess if you start off with a winner it is much easier to keep that afloat as opposed to actually helping others not to be "Left Behind".
Patrick Aievoli July 07, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Jim - Epilogue Always easy to keep the gas tank full when you keep making sure that it never goes below half empty. Much tougher to find an empty tank or non-working car and get that back in shape. But then again imagine the true "Wildcat Pride" when you do take something that actually needs help and you re-invigorate it. Trust me after a quarter century in education I have seen the paper get pushed in the public school system. As long as the numbers come out right. How great it is to get out the classroom and into the school board room where the real money is? Best of luck and look back in five years and remember this exchange and see where the truth lies. IMHO.
Jim R. July 08, 2011 at 02:00 AM
Patrick - The examples you've provided regarding Whitman barely mention education (as an educator, you should understand the importance of that...). Instead you mention traffic safety and girls sports. Kind of silly way to frame an argument against Polansky, in my opinion. You don't provide any facts, but want us to "trust" you because you have been an educator for 20 years. I'm sorry, but that doesn't cut it and nobody is impressed. You're offering a personal opinion which seems to be based around personal experiences and circumstances that have not benefited you or someone close to you. That doesn't give you the credibility you're striving to attain. When attempting to prove a point, it's best to cite reputable sources. Google it. I'll talk to you in five years about the job Polansky has done, we have great faith in him. Maybe by then you will stop crying about the girls lacrosse team having to play on a poor field. (As I seem to recall, the turf was installed in the middle of the Whitman track and girls did play on it)
eric July 08, 2011 at 02:17 AM
Anyone who actually thinks Mr. Polansky will be in HUFSD for more than 2 years is crazy. His salary is ridiculously low - - this job is a stepping-stone for him. Oh, and the comments about him being more concerned about displaying ID cards and rolling out ISS than education had me rolling on the floor. You could literally not have described Carmela Leonardi any better. I don't care what Mr. Polansky's record was in SD 13. ANY change is going to be better than the ineffectual leadership we had for the last 10 years.
Patrick Aievoli July 08, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Jim, Obviously you didn't look up the test score controversy as well. Alabama public schools just announced that 178 teachers are accused of cheating on their students tests. 82 have confessed - so "test scores" as a way of judging success? Did you notice the reference to LD (learning disabilities-education)? But of course you missed the entire point. The point is and was that the focus was always put on what was destined to succeed not what needed help. As an educator you focus on the weak points and address those not the ones that are destined to succeed and put the efforts there. It is called "differentiated learning". In other words you apply focus to the specific needs. This was not the case in my experience. As long as the front runners succeed - sports analogy example given - tall athlete with obvious gifts versus one without those gifts. Also a disregard for parents and children in general when it doesn't matter - drop off and the amazing arguments between security and parents over it. Do you understand the example given? Efforts need to be focused evenly across the board, classroom and extracurricular activities. That is why the other example given - boys sports versus girls sports. Boys won more times than girls - Title IX anyone? Again the front runner gets the support.
Patrick Aievoli July 08, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Part II Who naturally will do better in class gets the support. Front running - put the efforts into what will succeed and the rest just withers on the vine. In five years you will see what happens. Take a look at your lowest level students now and see where the next group of lowest level students are five years from now - the gap will be identical - the efforts will be put towards those expected to succeed and those that aren't well simply won't. Take a look at "eric's" comment he doesn't expect him there more than 2 years - stepping stone? Why would anyone treat a job in education as a stepping stone? Who exactly are you stepping on to go forward? Has to be somebody - doesn't it and if your goal is to go forward you must not be happy where you are - so why are you there - just to aid the front runners and get tot he next level in the game? BTW You should have seen the forced hand he received at 2011 graduation and then the real applause for Mr. Ramsey. Wasn't hard to tell who they actually respected and who they just feared - again IMHO.


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