State reps sponsoring bill to limit 'lame duck' school boards

Two state representatives are co-sponsoring a bill that would limit "lame duck" school boards from making critical decisions affecting their schools. State Sen. Kenneth LaValle

WYANDANCH - Two state representatives are co-sponsoring a bill that would limit "lame duck" school boards from making critical decisions affecting their schools.

State Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) and Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham) say the new legislation would require a super-majority vote for school superintendent contracts.

Wyandanch community activist Delano Stewart supports the law after he says the school board majority held its final meeting and quickly passed a new three-year, $570,000 pay package for Superintendent Pless Dickerson.

Critics argue that finding a candidate that could get the approval of a super-majority could prolong important decision-making and in turn, hurt the students.

LaValle and Losquadro say they plan to formally introduce the legislation next week.

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