New Hempstead School Board President Lamont Johnson plans to unite, improve school district

Lamont Johnson, a graduate of Hempstead High School

Lamont Johnson, a graduate of Hempstead High School and a former police officer, told News 12 that he has big plans to improve the district’s reputation. . (Credit: News 12)

HEMPSTEAD - The Hempstead School Board elected a new president to replace embattled Betty Cross from the position.

Lamont Johnson, a graduate of Hempstead High School and a former police officer, told News 12 that he has big plans to improve the district’s reputation.

As News 12 has reported, there has been constant controversy at the school district, including an alleged grade-fixing scandal, allegations of voter fraud and protests by parents who have long complained they feel shut out.

“Our plan is to unite everyone, to make everyone feel welcome,” said Johnson.

Betty Cross was elected treasurer of the school board at Tuesday’s meeting. A petition challenging her re-election to the board is currently before the state education commissioner.

Cross did not return a call to comment.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Suffolk County has scrapped a controversial proposal to 1 Suffolk scraps proposal to raise ticket fees
Police say Jay Marcello inappropriately touched teenagers while 2 Prosecutors: Camp counselor accused of sexual abuse had 8 victims
Officials say retired Lt. Paul Dean, of Wantagh, 3 2 retired NYPD officers from LI arrested in gun permit scheme
The incident took place on Sunday morning in 4 Mattituck woman recounts death of dog attacked by neighbor's pit bulls
Police received a call around 1 p.m. about 5 District: General threat put 2 Herricks schools in lockdown

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Cross narrowly defeated challenger Maribel Toure last month. Critics call for resignation of school board member

Some residents in Hempstead are calling for the removal of a newly re-elected member of

Parents outraged by Hempstead school board members? cell phone bills

Parents and taxpayers are outraged after learning that Hempstead School Board members racked up thousands

The Hempstead school board has been accused of Nassau DA to probe Hempstead school board vote

The Nassau County district attorney is investigating the Hempstead school board vote following allegations of

Protesters attended the meeting, calling for President Betty Protesters left in the dark at school board meeting

Protesters calling for the Hempstead school board president's resignation Thursday night found themselves in the

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE