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There’s still room

January 9th, 2013

During a Board of Education workshop last Thursday, Marlboro Central School District Superintendent Ray Castellani confirmed that several sub-committees had been formed to help school officials decide how to best deal with fallout from the Dynegy crises, and insisted there is still room for anyone who is interested in lending a hand.

According to Castellani, there are a total of six committees (budget/spending, communications/public relations, Dynegy evaluations, state aid, town/county/IDA and alternative revenue) and that there are currently 4 to 12 members on each committee.

“I ask others to contact me if you are interested and we’ll see where we can fit you in,” he said.

The district found itself as the subject of online criticism late last month as community members took issue with the way it went about forming the various groups.

Several supporters of the Facebook group Marlboro Community Concerns expressed their disappointment that the district’s request for volunteers was short lived while others felt school officials did not try hard enough to secure a diverse representation on each committee.

Despite the good news that there are still positions available on the committees, local residents may be upset with the superintendent’s second big announcement on the topic.

Referencing New York State’s Open Meetings Law, Castellani explained that because there is not more than one school board member serving on each committee, the meetings will not be open to the public. However, the superintendent promised to make sure that minutes, as well as any audio or video recordings, are made available to anyone who wants them.

“If there is documentation, it will be put on the web,” he said. “There’s nothing we want to hide.”

The next meeting of the Marlboro Central School District Board of Education is scheduled for Thursday Jan 17 at 7:30 p.m. It will take place in the Grade 3-5 cafeteria at Marlboro Elementary School.

By Jessica Murray

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