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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.

JSC May 12, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Seriously Mr. Teresky - do you think Shea is the only Supt around who might use a zero based budget process? Facts are, Huntington board members in the past either didn't want to use that or weren't in the majority to switch the process. We did just fine for many years with our old system as well. Mr. Polansky made the decision not to stay in your district for reasons you aren't admitting to - and it had nothing to do with budgets! He's a great guy and we are very happy to have him aboard.
Ron May 13, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Well Brian,if the rumors are true over the impending appointment of the new superintendent it is quite evident our elevator has a few more floors to go down.
Janet May 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Seriously Tom, like it was said who cares where he learned how to do the budget that way, at least he's using it in the right way to help his new school district. You think Dr. Shea was the originator of zero based budget process... That's part of the process when you work with people you learn from each other...hopefully the good parts. Sometimes I think our board keeps relearning the bad parts/ways. Let's hope maybe they see some light and pick the right (outsider) new superintendent
Bill L. May 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM
They'll probably appoint Larry Light as the interim superintendent. Why wouldn't they since he's been the per diem Clerk of the Works overseeing yet permitting the shoddy workmanship at Birchwood/Countrywood and Whitman the past couple years.
douglas May 13, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Robert W got it right. We all know why we lost Polanski. This board doesn't care about education and Teresky leads the way. Maybe someone should ask him why two of his three kids attend private school.
Jim R. May 14, 2012 at 01:39 AM
There should be a rule that you can't serve on the school board if you send your kids to private school. Ultimate hypocrisy.
Jim R. May 14, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Let Teresky know how you feel. TTeresky@shufsd.org (This info is from http://www.shufsd.org/boardofeducation/ )
dar May 14, 2012 at 03:11 AM
Douglas, I tried to ask that question at a 'meet the candidate' night a few years ago but they won't read aloud my question from the index card which they collected from me. My question was purposely skipped, not an accidental oversight.
Jaimie May 14, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Better yet, don't vote for him tomorrow! I don't know much about the non-incumbant candidate other than she has a young family all in the public school system and was a finance major but can she be any worse than Teresky?
stan linden May 14, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I agree, how can you be making decisions when you are not in the game.
stan linden May 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
the whole south huntington team has to go.
concerned parent May 14, 2012 at 05:45 PM
I know the non-incumbant and she will make a great addition to the Board. She's just as mad as the rest of us and is not going to rollover for their nonsense that's for sure. Support her bid and vote for her on Tuesday.
Concerned SHParent May 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Come on folks, Teresky needs to be removed and a comment like he made about Polansky is premeditated. He does not have any more kids in the district and after being a huge proponent of MS sports, he all of a sudden flips and votes against MS sports, so its obvious he is a hypocrite. Then make negative comments about someone so beloved in our district, dont think for one second he didn't want to alienate more voters. He just didnt want to throw in the towel and not run, he wants to get out and say he didn't quit on the district. For any folks that have been at BOE meetings and seen him nod off (i believed he actually snored once), his departure couldn't come soon enough.
Catherine G May 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Here here!
Catherine G May 15, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Absolutely agree - have been to many BOE meetings and Mr. Teresky is a very quiet member of the board - rarely speaks and often sleeps!
Concerned SHParent May 15, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Teresky's comment about Polansky may be one of the most disturbing comments I have ever heard. It pits the BOE against one of the most well liked people to ever work in our district, thats exactly the type of alienation we DO NOT need any more. After being gone for a year now, Polansky could walk around in any one of the schools and have instant credibility, no one would know who Teresky is. Is it possible a bit of jealousy that Mr. P is more popular, even now, than the rest of the BOE and Administration combined. When Polansky was hired, he fixed a problem, built momentum and built community within our district but also jealousy. His approach may be similar for budget talks, but its about the delivery and desire to work together that makes it successful. I would argue that SH open communication about its Budget Process, is not a success. Just giving people an update on what is going on is Step 1, for the process to be successful there needs to be more collaboration, less animosity, more trust, more willingness to find common ground and a desire to make SHUFSD a better place, and honestly those are the things we lack. I would bet that Polansky's genuine desire to make his district a better place is evident to his community, he has no preconceived notions, he is credible and has a strong desire to collaborate and that is apparent in how he handles himself. Thats why his budget process was more successful than ours, its simple.
Robert W May 16, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Well Mr Teresky your comments came back to bite you! The people have spoken!
Jim R. May 16, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Fantastic news! Bye bye Teresky! Kaden, you're next!
Jaimie May 16, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Budget passed with flying colors too!
Robert W May 16, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Not neccesarily a good thing, Will give them incentive to try to pierce the cap!
DB May 16, 2012 at 01:34 PM
These letters bear witness once again of the result of when arrogance meets ignorance. What Tom T said was absolutely correct although the context was not. Has anyone heard Jim P say he left this district because SHUFSD screwed him?? Didn't beg him to stay?? Didn't promise him a future here?? He left because he had an unbelievable opportunity to work at a place that had some difficulties that he could correct and put his own mark on it. If he stayed in South Huntington he would have continued to polish a well oiled machine. Good for him. The fact that he puts practices into play that he learned here only speaks well of our district. Tom T fought harder for our kids, especially underprivileged and disatvantaged kids, more than any of you know - your comments against him bear to your ignorance. Anyone who has an unkind word about Jim Kaden is just completely clueless. We miss the likes of Barbara Archer and Lynn Judd, true advocates and insiders of our district. Please give Michelle a week to get up to speed before you begin bashing her here. PS: Attending a few board meetings at budget time hardly puts you in the know.
joey May 16, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Agree Robert W...next year will be harder. Not a lot of givebacks to rely on. With a new Super it will be interesting.
Jaimie May 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
We'll see what is in store next budget vote, but piercing the cap is not a per se bad thing to me (but it should be an ultimate, last-ditch resort). Hopefully, though, the BOE can really focus on maximizing the dollars they have to spend and come up with greater efficiencies/cost savings so that they can at least maintain the same services that are offered this year. Or Albany finally allocates more of our tax dollars back to LI.
joey May 16, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Piercing the cap should not be the option by the BOE next year. To maintain services taxes will need to be raised as costs seem to be going up every year and no effort to help streamline the expenses occurs. Will Albany pump back more to LI...fat chance although wishful thinking. Maybe if we didn't get overtaxed to begin with we can keep those dollars on LI. The County outlook does not look much better. Its going to be a rough road every year. We won't have that infamous $54 million bond to deal with as this was the last year for spending the money.
Concerned SHParent May 16, 2012 at 02:44 PM
First of all Jim P would never say a bad word about anyone, especially a place where he was able to put his stamp. Its kind of amazing when you think of the influence he had and continue to has in our district. He is by far the most popular person in our district, hands down. Unfortunately for us and fortunately for Huntington, he is now able to have an opportunity to do exactly what he did for WWHS for an entire district. I am not even going to address the "well oiled machine" comment, we are no where near that, come on at least be truthful. I have absolutely no issue and actually applaud folks that dedicate their time to the BOE and spend countless, thankless hours for our kids and community. However there needed to be a change and election time was that time, its a fair and proven process. Overwhelmingly people that used to support Tom T pulled votes simply because he was becomming transparent. In fairness to him its very easy for personal agendas to sometimes slip into our decision making and in his case that was his undoing, no one likes a hypocrite. So lets give our new BOE member an opportunity, but keep in mind, her along the other members are making decisions for a community, not just for us individually. We will not agree with each of them, but if they are fair and logical and do not have personal agendas we are way ahead of the game. Good luck.
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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