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Seaford School Board Candidate Profile: Susan Ruona

Second time candidate stresses the importance of moving past contingency budget.

Seaford resident Susan Ruona is running unopposed in the 2012-13 school board election with hopes of providing a better educational atmosphere for the students of the community.

"I believe the district can do better for the students," said Ruona, who also ran for school board in 2010. "I have not always been in agreement with the decision past boards have made regarding program cuts and priorities in spending."

Ruona is running unopposed for the Seaford school board along with current trustee . The top vote-getter between Ruona and Wink will receive a full three-year seat on the board with the second place finisher filling out the remaining year of John DelGuidice's unexpired term. 

After the proposed 2011-12 budget , the Seaford School District was forced to go with , a move that Ruona feels absolutely can't be repeated in the upcoming year.

"The biggest issue facing the district is the need to get off the contingency budget," she explained. "Restoring educational programs is essential for both the good of the students and the community. Another year on a contingency budget would be devastating to both."

In Ruona's opinion, another vital issue Seaford must tackle in the next year is the negotiations with district unions.

"I hope to be a part of a board that can successfully negotiate contracts that result in some savings for the district so programs and teaching positions can be restored," Ruona said. "The 2 percent tax cap helped to keep certain spending limits in place...but it did, in my opinion, prevent programs from being restored."

The Seaford school board race and budget vote will be held this Tuesday, May 15 from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. at  and .

To read a profile on the other Seaford school board candidate, Jeanmarie Wink, click . 

Wayne Smith May 12, 2012 at 03:38 PM
cfordmom - With respect I would have to disagree with you. Speaking as someone who has also been to a few BOE meetings, there's a big difference between drawing inferences based on what happens at these meetings versus explicit statements on key issues. Apart from this, it goes without saying that a lot of people don't attend BOE meetings regularly but will still be called upon to vote next Tuesday. You could argue that they should attend BOE meetings - and I would even have some sympathy for that point - but the truth is a candidate for any public office ought to be obligated to explain his or her positions. It shouldn't be up to voters to figure it out based on incidental comments or behavior.
cfordmom May 12, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Wayne, I do agree with you, and I do not think Meet the Candidates night should have been canceled. The candidates should have had (and wanted!)) the opportunity to speak in a public forum. However, with Seaford's recent history and, in my opinion, lack of transparency, we can't sit back and wait for info that may never come. We have to seek it out and question it, if we see fit. That includes issues related to the budget AND the candidates.
Wayne Smith May 12, 2012 at 04:03 PM
cfordmom - Agree with you totally - it's just that I don't think BOE meetings are appropriate venues for direct questioning of candidates, and again, none of this takes into account the fact that there's a whole lot of people who never show up at these meetings at all, but they sure will be voting next Tuesday.
Chris Wendt May 13, 2012 at 11:10 AM
@ Full-Time Mom & why cancel the event: I said I got both sides of the cancellation, but I was NOT in on the specific decision to cancel the event. The simplest reason for cancelling would be weighing the time and effort required to hold the event versus the (misleading) appearance of both candidates running "unopposed" for the same (not true) prize. The candidates may have acceded to the suggestion to cancel it, or they could even have requested the cancellation. We had a meet & greet for the three candidates contending for the one Board seat in Wantagh. I went, prepared with specific questions for each candidate. As a result of my going to this get-together, I changed my mind about for whom I had leaning to support. I then felt so strongly about what I had learned that I published a blog supporting the ultimate candidate of my choice, here: http://wantagh.patch.com/blog_posts/deciding-the-wantagh-school-board-race-ca807e91
Lorraine DeVita May 13, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Chris, the cost is minimal and is typically run in Seaford by the League of Womens Voters. This could have easily been sponsored by the local PTA's if they were given sufficient time to prepare. This was canceled abruptly with no reason given,save for "only two candidates for two positions" Once again unless we are given ALL the facts there will be a shadow of concern. This community is forever ASKING for transparency and ignored. When our Board and Administration place obstacles in our path when we want ALL the Facts, when they are not forthcoming in a transparent manner then that leaves me with the question we all should be asking. WHY? As both of these ladies will be on the Board next year I hope one of their goals will be for a TRANSPARENT BOARD.. insuring ALL the information is disseminated in clear concise lang. so this community can for once base their decisions on FACT rather then assumption and innuendo.Something we havent been able to do in years. It is more imperative now then ever with Teachers contracts and the Contract of the Ave School sale lurking out there. By the way what is the Staus or outcome of the contracts that were negotiated THIS year have we been told that information and what impact it has on the current budget? Anyone know?

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