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Two Women Tapped as Interim Seaford School Board Trustees

Jeanmarie Wink and Annalisa Siracusa Antonette appointed to replace trustees Michael Sapraicone and John DelGuidice.

The Seaford Board of Education will have two fresh faces at its next meeting in two weeks after two longtime community resident were appointed Thursday night as interim trustees.

Jeanmarie Wink and Annalisa Siracusa Antonette were selected to replace trustees Michael Sapraicone and John DelGuidice, who both resigned their positions. DelGuidice at the July 7 reorganization meeting and Sapraicone on Sept. 16 effective at the end of business on Oct. 6.

“I’m looking forward to contributing to the future of our children,” said Antonette, who works in the consumer products industry and has three sons in the Seaford School District.

Wink, who has had children graduate from the Seaford School District, is a veteran education leader. She is currently principal at in the Levittown School District.

Both Wink and Antonette are scheduled to be sworn in as trustees prior to the school board’s next scheduled workshop meeting on Oct. 19. The appointees will serve as Seaford trustees until the spring and both face an election in May for a regular term if they choose to run.

The Oct. 6 meeting at was the last one for Sapraicone, who was first elected to the Seaford school board in 2006 and resigned due to personal reasons because of a heavier travel schedule he has been faced with recently. Sapraicone, a former detective with the New York City Police Department, is the founder and owner of Squad Security Inc. and Squad Security Ltd worldwide companies, which has offices in Manhattan and London.

“Seaford is always close to my heart,” said Sapraicone, who served as Seaford Board of Education president from 2008-2010. “I’m going to miss everyone here.”

“He always supports this district,” said Seaford Board of Education vice president Richard DiBlasio. “Mike always has good intentions.”

Seaford Board of Education president Brian Fagan remarked on how he and Sapraicone knew each other living in Rosedale, Queens before both moving to Seaford in the early 90’s. 

“Mike is a hard worker, he is tenacious, he is passionate about what does for the community,” said Fagan, who presented Sapraicone a certificate for his five years serving on the board. “I’d like to thank you for your contributions.”

Lorraine DeVita October 07, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Congratulations to the two Interim Board trustees! Hopefully the addition of an experienced Educational Leader and another Business Professional will be a winning combination that helps this District move onward and upward. Equally as important as Professional WOMEN, who by nature have to proactively multitask effectively and efficiently 24/7 , they will add impetus to insure that matters will be thoroughly thought through and decisions will be made with clarity, knowledge, logic and foresight in a transparent and expeditious manner. Good luck ladies !
Wayne Smith October 07, 2011 at 01:48 PM
I was suprised by the way this was handled last night. Actually I had downloaded the agenda for this meeting a couple of days ago and there was no mention of the appointment of replacement board trustees, despite the prior indication that an announcement would be made. It was only when it was pointed out to me that the agenda that was actually distributed at the meeting referenced these appointments that it became clear that an announcement would be made. I guess I had thought that given its importance, this matter would have been a separate section of the agenda in which the Board could tell the community a little something about the process it had gone through in selecting these candidates, particularly as this relates to the criteria that they thought were important. It might also have also have been an opportunity to thank those members of the community who had taken the time and trouble to throw their hats in the ring but who weren't selected. In the actual event, there was nothing more than a couple of board motions that were approved without discussion, followed by a short round of applause. I hope both new trustees do a fabulous job but I'd be less than candid if I didn't acknowledge that I'm not comfortable with the opaque decision-making process and the fact that I have absolutely no idea what either of our new trustees advocates when it comes to the key issues impacting the district. I suppose this mystery will be revealed over time.
Lorraine DeVita October 07, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Like anything else we have to wait then slowly peel the layers off the onion one peice at a time to reveal the magical mystical convoluted secrets that are to be found within the minds of the Seaford BOE. LOL. By trying to AVOID drama they created more as well as distrust.... Got to be something in the AIR in the Board Room..Logical rational people go in and out pops the opposite! yup its gotta be the AIR! lol..
Chris Wendt October 07, 2011 at 02:57 PM
I don't see any reason for distrust when the Trustees who were elected to represent the community of Seaford selected two interim Trustees to fill unexpected vacancies on the Board. The wisdom of appointing someone to the Board of Education who is ostensibly a member of an educators' union will remain to be demonstrated over time. It could turn out to be an excellent decision. The most important thing is that the Seaford Board of Ed will once again be reconstituted at its full strength, affording proper and functional representation to the community. Best wishes to all for every success during this school year.
Wayne Smith October 07, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Chris - The probem I see is that there is existing distrust in the community. There are various reasons for that but the theme that runs through much of that distrust is a view that the Board is actually not responsive to community concerns. This view gets exacerbated when the Board makes decisions that essentially leaves people scratching their heads. No board, whether it's in the commecial world, a non-profit organization or school board, can make decisions that everybody is going to like all the time. But everybody who might be impacted by those decisions, ought to be able to understand why those decisions were made - whether they agree or disagree - and that's what's not happening here.
Lorraine DeVita October 07, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Chris you are right.. Perhaps i used the wrong word. Perhaps i should have said.. "to avoid drama they created more, causing people to question the wisdom, motivation and methods behind the cloak of secrecy." As the position IS interim the motivation behind an educational leader at THIS particular stage of the game maybe very wise. They themselves need to be further educated as to the results of some decisions they will be faced to make as it pertains to the COST of education and the impact those costs and decisions have on the community and the students. HOPEFULLY by having a new set eyes , a different perspective and maybe some fresh inovative ideas as well as having a trained educational professional on the Board as an informed point of reference, they can make more INFORMED decisions..and will have a clearer understanding / grasp of some of the budget lines and action items presented by Administration and will be able to ask detailed questions ... For NOW it cant hurt. Long term that remains to be seen.
Lorraine DeVita October 07, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Wherever you get your information it is flawed. Nothing could be further from the truth.. I will not dignify or further address your comments.. However realize the INCORRECT information you are spewing & spreading it also hurtful to Mr S. and more importantly his family.
Manor Pop October 07, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Great, just what Seaford needs after a failed budget, a trustee that works in the Levittown school district which has proven to continually allow outrageous teachers contracts that the community cannot afford. Once again it will be the children that suffer. Way to go Board of Ed.
Robert Allen October 07, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Lorraine you question every single person, boards members, administrators, teachers, lawyers, janitors.
Lorraine DeVita October 07, 2011 at 05:25 PM
And the point is?
Jeremiah Bull October 07, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Veteran education leader?? I googled her name and found nothing other than she was a city teacher who became a principal. That's a "leader"? I think the Stop & Shop bagger who became a cashier has a good shot at getting on the Seaford BOE next..
Lorraine DeVita October 07, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Before everyone goes all wacka doodles here. A) Hey dont Knock the Stop and Shop baggers they bare hard working people as are cashiers and some probably have MORE common sense then some of our PREVIOUS current BOE members .. B) As A Principal of a School, she is a leader much like a department Manager .. C) I think most of us are concerned about the PROCESS the BOE undertook and cloak of secrecy that shrouded this entire procedure, when even most of the top contending candidates had no clue what was going on up until a few DAYs before the announcement, which Is rather unprofessional ,bad form AND bad manners..However, As Wayne stated previously. The LACK of transparency is what is MOST troubling . Lets just take a wait and see attitiude as these are only interim positions and both women may bring some shred of intelligene to this .. Like i said before: Sane logical people go into that board room and come out the total opposite.. it has to be the air in there!
Andrew Coen October 08, 2011 at 07:09 PM
I ask those commenting to please stick to the topic at hand on the two appointed trustees and please refrain from personal attacks and accusations, or the thread will be closed down. Thank you for following Wantagh-Seaford Patch.
Chris Wendt October 08, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Back on-topic, it appears that one of the discriminators applied by the Board was to insure that one of the interim trustees came from the Harbor Attendance Zone, and the other from the Manor Attendance Zone. The appointee with children in school is from the Harbor. On the issue of adding an educational leader to the board, I have served with two such people on the Wantagh Board, and found their contributions invaluable. One was Roseann Careri, the esteemed Seaford MS principal who was President during some of Wantagh's worst fiscal troubles, when then Governor Mario Cuomo cut state aid mid-year in 1989-90. The other was Howard Landman, Vice Principal at Baldwin Middle School. He really knew how to horse-trade in a meaningful way with Wantagh's unions. I think having a building principal on Seaford's board MAY help the board and their unions engage each other more productively, more beneficially than has been the case previously. But one person cannot do this all alone. Let's see if the senior elected members of Seaford's Board can effectively integrate the new talent quickly and productively. Some of this will surely come down on the Board President' ability to work through with the entire group and the Superintendent.
Wayne Smith October 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM
The good news is that the BOE can now re-focus on the key challenges facing the district - without having its attention diverted to the task of re-organizing itself. Some of those challenges, particularly as relates to the district's fiscal situation and the propety tax cap, are particularly pressing.
Good Dad and Tax payer October 10, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Wayne is correct in his last statement. My wife and I are very concerned as we see the 2% cap crippling this district next year. Im glad my youngest is in 7th grade, as it will give us and many other parents this school year and next to access the damages it will cause to our schools programs. We have spoken to many parents at Brono games over past weeks who are giving serious consideration to biting the bullet and sending their middle schoolers to one of the private schools in a few years. People are being worn out by the "never knowing" here in Seaford. Cancel this- cancel that, very sad. Private schools offer continuity in education and after school involvement without threat of interruption. This town is turning into a lower middle class town before our eyes while our taxes are upper middle class. A confusing state of affairs. I wish the new interim board members much luck and appreciate their volunteerism.
Lorraine DeVita October 10, 2011 at 12:51 PM
We are fast approaching the "drastic times call for drastic measures" point. I can not urge the residents of Seaford strongly enough to go to as many Board meetings as their family and work schedules allow. It is imperative that the Board and the Administration understand the concerns the residents have as it pertains to education, taxes and the future of this community,its residents and its students. In the next five years there are MILLIONS of dollars of repairs that need to be addressed, 2013 a teachers contract that needs to be negotiated, the current Teacher and Principal evaluations that need to be implemented, the (hopeful) sale of the Jackson Ave building,additional state manadates, the Harbor road issue, the 2% Cap to name but a FEW things on the Boards plate. As residents we can no longer ASSUME anything. Even if you can NOT attend board meetings pls let the Board know your feelings by writing an email or letter to the Board AND the Superintendent Your voice, suggestions , solutions and concerns need to be heard and hopefully taken into consideration.
Little Troll October 14, 2011 at 09:44 PM
I think a wait & see is a good approach with the new appointees. But I think the real test will be with our remaining board members. They can't continue to play the blame game. Our community doesn't have the time and doesn't deserve excuses. Everyone needs to roll up their sleeves. Now that will be the real wait and see.
Roberta Grogan October 18, 2011 at 10:55 AM
Though I was not at the last BOE meeting, I have noticed at least some movement which is visible in the community, a "for sale" sign is up on the Seaford Avenue School. I am assuming the details with the broker were worked out, as there is sinage.
Katie October 18, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Does anybody know who the other candidates were that put in to be the interim board members? I would like to know who was turned down.
Lorraine DeVita October 24, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Katie, I was one..as was I beleive Dianne Cirillo, Roberta Grogan and Susan Ronan.. I dont know who the other ones are. I am assuming We collectively did not have the individual required qualifications. If the ladies I have mentioned have a problem with me publically saying their names I appologize however It is this communities right to know WHO the candidates were as they would in an election. The secrecy that this was steeped in is disrespectful to the community and speaks volumes... Who was chosen is not the issue,the ladies chosen seem quite qualified and i wish them success in fulfilling their interim positions. HOW this whole process was done and the time frame it took is the issue..
Chris Wendt October 24, 2011 at 03:31 PM
More important, however, is that the process has now been concluded and the appointments made. This "issue" was replicated in several school districts around LI during the past 5 months. Any number of organizations could have headed off "issues" with vacant school board seat, and I am only raising this in hopes that some orgainzation corrects this apparent deficit procedural deficit before the next round of early departures takes place. The organizations who could fix this, by establishing crystal clear guidelines and step-wise procedures for replacing school board trustees are, in descending order of responsibility for actually doing it, are: The Commissioner of Education Nassau BOCES (Suffolk's BOCES too) NY State School Boards Association (no actual legal responsibility) Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association (no actual legal responsibility) The major school law firms on LI (your district is represented by one of them).
Katie October 24, 2011 at 03:52 PM
Thanks Lorraine...all those women are very capable and so are you....hope the right choices were made...time will tell...
Lorraine DeVita October 24, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Katie< I am sure that these women are very capable and will make the best choices and decisions for the community at large and the students.. hopefuly together they bring a combined wealth of knowledge and experience and some good ol female common sense to the table.. Chris, If nothing else I am a stickler fro process- it is a
Lorraine DeVita October 24, 2011 at 04:08 PM
oops sorry -- Chris, If nothing else I am a stickler for Process, without a defined logical transparent process in place things tend to go south. Clarity and transparency, thoughtful but swift and concise action coupled with a Sense of urgency are traits i hope the new board members instill in the board. Comptemplating ones navel needs to be reserved for retirement and the senior citizens rest home.. We waste so much time TOO much time at board meetings and in the decision making process (if there is one) Red bull /Geritol and perhaps a good laxative needs to made available.. you know the old saying s or get off the pot? they need to stop sitting , stop wasting time and stop avoiding issues that need to be addressed NOW.
Wayne Smith October 24, 2011 at 04:24 PM
It is good that the process is over. But whatever that process was, it played out almost entirely within a black box, largely beyond public scrutiny or comment, and that's not good. By all appearances, the two individuals chosen are qualified but their perspectives on the key issues facing the school district, not to mention the taxpayers of Seaford, are largely unknown. I find that to be inappropriate.
Lorraine DeVita October 24, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Wyne, I know you stated you werent throwing your hat in the ring due to a new business venture. However I DO hope that by the spring the business will be fairly well established and off to a roaring profitable start so you can run for the Board. We need sensible individuals like yourself .... I also agree the whole process or lack therefore was totaly inappropriate and unacceptable...
Wayne Smith October 24, 2011 at 05:59 PM
Lorriane - Thank you for compliment - I'm flattered. Truthfully I don't consider myself any more or less sensible than most people in Seaford. I may perhaps have a bigger mouth....

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