BAY SHORE SCHOOLS

Meet the candidates for Bay Shore school board

Randall Waszynski
Posted 5/28/20

A state mandate has ordered that school elections relevant to the annual budget and board of education elections will occur on June 6. Bay Shore school district presents their candidates for …

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BAY SHORE SCHOOLS

Meet the candidates for Bay Shore school board

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A state mandate has ordered that school elections relevant to the annual budget and board of education elections will occur on June 6. Bay Shore school district presents their candidates for election. Bay Shore’s election features two seats among two incumbents and two challengers. 

Louis R. Bettinelli, incumbent

Bettinelli is running for a seat on the board for a fourth time. He grew up a few hundred yards from South Country Elementary School and graduated in the district in 1973. His wife, Donna, has worked within the district as a teacher and now as the director of science.

Bettinelli said his experience as a student, parent, husband of a teacher, and board member are notable, considering the nature of the seat in which he seeks re-election. He stands behind programs established during his nine-year tenure, including the one-to-one computer initiative, efforts toward retaining/maintaining the responsibility to educate learning-challenged students, hire dual-language program personnel to account for the rising Hispanic population in the student body, as well as the focus on STEM.

“Science and technology is the future,” Bettinelli said. “That fact has never been clearer than it is today.”

He expressed confidence in the district’s ability to combat the challenges it is facing.

“We will come back, stronger, smarter, and more able,” Bettinelli said. “Our teachers, administrators and staff are too skilled and committed for there to be any other outcome. I hope I can continue to be part of their effort.”

Karlief Boyd, challenger

Boyd is running for the Bay Shore School Board. While working at the New York City Department of Correction in 2001, Boyd bought her home in Bay Shore to start a family because of the community’s reputation for excellence in education as well as cultural awareness and appreciation for diversity.

Boyd’s daughter graduated from Bay Shore High School in 2018 and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic psychology. And her son is a student at the high school and a member of Class of 2021.

Boyd retired in the rank of captain from the New York City Department of Correction after 21 years of uniformed service and continues to dedicate her life to helping others. Boyd is an active member of her church and volunteers at a local food pantry. She also spends time mentoring young people at community organizations and schools. Boyd is also a fitness enthusiast and enjoys preparing healthy meals and outdoor activities. Boyd is sincere, honest and hardworking. She welcomes the opportunity to join the Bay Shore School Board of Education and looks forward to working together with parents and the community to achieve success for the students of the district.

Guy Leggio, incumbent

Leggio is a 1981 graduate of Bay Shore High School and is seeking re-election to the Bay Shore School Board. Leggio is a construction foreman and a member of the Local 1 Bricklayer Union for the last 34 years. He vouches that the work in his trade has allowed him to help the Bay Shore community in a meaningful way.

“During my [12-year] tenure as a board member, I used that experience and donated my time and resources to build a 9/11 memorial at the Bay Shore Middle School, a three-car garage at the Bay Shore High School track, and assisted the Class of 1968 in creating and installing the beautiful alumni walk at the high school,” Leggio said, adding that he is on the committee to oversee the construc- tion of the new universal pre-k center slated to open in the fall of 2020.

Leggio also serves the community as the Islip Town School Board Association treasurer, an executive member of the Nassau-Suffolk Eastern Suffolk BOCES Board, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a proud member of the Bay Shore Alumni Association and Hall of Fame Committee.

In terms of priorities, Leggio said that sound financial decision-making is key.

“My goals in these difficult times when every penny is valuable are to ensure that every child receives a quality education and that we maintain a budget that we can all afford.”

Tuere Morton, challenger

Morton has lived in the Bay Shore-Brightwaters community with her family for 20 years. One of her three children has graduated from the district and moved on to college at SUNY Buffalo, and her other two currently attend Bay Shore Schools.

“My involvement in Bay Shore Schools spans five superintendents,” Morton said. “In that time, I participated in board of education meetings that evolved from traditional sessions where minutes are available on the district website, to receiving work and public session agendas via email, to now, watching sessions live or recorded on the district’s Facebook page. Understanding the plight of our working families, I advocated for this level of transparency and inclusivity for more than five years,” she continued. Morton has been involved in community discussion and general advocacy the past two decades, including involvement in Bay Shore Summit Council, the Governor’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program for Bay Shore-Brightwaters after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and the Bay Shore Schools Arts Education Fund.

Morton said there is a unique opportunity now for a new leadership with new perspectives considering the uncertainty revolving funding.

“Building on our past successes and securing the future of Bay Shore Schools requires the resourcefulness of a trustee dedicated to making sure every child continues to receive a high-quality, well-rounded education throughout one of the most trying periods in our nation’s history,” Morton said. “I pledge to bring all of my energy to the task of working as a team with my fellow trustees and our administrative team to manage district finances and programs with the level of transparency and accountability that all stakeholder groups deserve.”

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