Take back control
Having received many
e-mails about the appointment of Joe Cipp as
interim superintendent, I too am amazed at the
audacity of South Country Board of Education
President Greg Miglino to recommend appointing
Cipp. Cipp lacks building level experience as
a principal—so necessary to competently run a
school district. How and why could this
I believe Miglino’s goal
was always to have "absolute power" and he was
able to achieve this by having the "boys’
club" with a five-block vote behind him.
Looking back over events of the past three
years, here are the events that I feel enabled
Miglino to gain control:
• Dr. Agruso, past
superintendent, was pushed into resigning by
the power of Miglino and his boys.
• Mr. Snead (the 5th vote)
was appointed as trustee filling my vacated
position instead of Julio Morales, who
legitimately should have been the next in
line. Miglino swore in Snead over the outcries
of the public attending.
• Under the leadership of
Miglino, the district has had an interim
finance director, an interim human resources
director and until recently, an interim
curriculum director. My experience tells me
that having interim central office directors
keeps them subject to approval by the board
• The community may not
address a particular board member during
public participation. A resident can only
speak to Miglino. Community members must fill
out cards in order to ask questions during
public participation. All questions go through
Miglino has all too much to
say about how the Caithness money
($120,840,480 spread out in yearly payments
until 2029) is spent. He takes credit for
pulling the district out of a financial hole.
Dr. Agruso and Dr. Faning began the process in
their first year by creating a zero-based
It is time for the community to take back
control. Come to the board meetings and voice
your concern. We need people in central office
who are not interim but are there for the long
haul and will be invested in education—your
Antoinette A. Huffine
Editor’s note: Antoinette A. Huffine is a
former member of the South Country Board of
Education. The board of education voted to
remove her from the board last year.
Reprinted Long Island Advance 02/12/10
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