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Teresky: Polansky Learned From The 'Master' [VIDEO]

South Huntington school board candidate says Huntington superintendent borrowed techniques from former boss, Thomas Shea.

A South Huntington school board candidate this week suggested that Huntington superintendent Jim Polansky used ideas developed by his former boss to help with the budget situation this year.

Speaking at a meet the candidates forum May 10 at the , incumbent school board trustee Thomas Teresky chided Polansky.

Teresky said for the first time ever, Huntington used a new budget process where they start from zero and explan every line.

"Dr. Shea's been doing that here for the last 10 years," said Teresky. "They're like wow, you know, Mr. Polansky's wonderful. Yeah, he's a great copycat."

Polansky has this year during the budget process in Huntington which some have said has been much smoother than past years.

Teresky said Polansky copied from "the master," Shea.

Polansky, the former assistant superintendent fro personnel and district services in South Huntington, in Huntington in June. He succeeded John J. Finello who retired after 39 years in the district.

Shea announced in September that he planned to retire after 14 years in the district, including serving as superintendent since 2003. The East Meadow native has been an educator for 42 years.

Jim R. May 16, 2012 at 03:34 PM
We pay taxes and we're fed up with what we see. We're tired of the school board who mocks the district's residents with their sarcastic undertones. Teresky's BS from the other night was the last straw. Kaden will be OUT come reelection time. We're not going to take it any longer.
Jaimie May 16, 2012 at 03:53 PM
DB- I'm one of those people who is only recently getting involved and attending BOE meetings. While I regret not being more active earlier in the process, that doesn't mean my opinion of Mr. Teresky is of any less value than anyone who has watched him for the past 6 years. The fact is he had an opportunity to make a positive impression on us new comers and, to me, he failed miserably here- I don't believe I have heard him contribute anything meaningful to any discussion over the past 3 months and when he did say something, he seemed to just be parroting whatever a different BOE member said. While his comments at the meet the candidate night may have been taken out of context here, why he would be saying anything that can be construed as criticizing the super of a neighboring district is beyond me.
joey May 16, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Maybe we should think about term limits for BOE members...not the first time districts have tried this. The BOE needs to address the big issue of funding and taxes and be transparent. I want them to go hard to the district on budget numbers not agree...they should be there to make the district answer for their decisions though-out the school year and sadly from what I have seen they are joined by the hip. I have seen most board members say things at meetings that were questionable...if I judged them on that alone they all would be gone. I would like them to have answers for the community not argue or patronize the residents when they speak up.
Diane May 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Michele D got more votes than any incumbent who was running. That says the people want a change. Teresky's comments came back and bit him in the ass. In another district on Long Island every incumbent was voted out. Change is good :)
Jack McCarthy May 29, 2012 at 12:44 AM
SH parent The truth is SH schools are fine not because of the BOE and DO. The district has many students who struggle with academics. That being said, the scores are respectable. The BOE & DO give little or no credit to the teaching staff. Very strange district.

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