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 and Islip school districts present their …
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 and Islip school districts present their candidates for election. Bay Shore’s election features two seats among two incumbents and two challengers. Islip’s features two open seats and two candidates, meaning two unopposed races.
Phil Dineen has been a board member since 2014 and served stints as vice president and, most recently, president.
Dineen also grew up in Islip and grad- uated from Islip High School. His twin sons followed through Islip Schools. Additionally, he is a fire commissioner who serves on the Islip Fire Depart- ment’s board of fire commissioners and has been a member of the Islip Volunteer Fire Department for 35 years. Dineen is also a regional sales director for Designer Greetings.
Dineen made note that the school district has been named a recognition school by the state Department of Education, which indicates high academic achievement as well as strong progress.
“That is a nice accomplishment, and that is the collaborative effort of everyone from the administrators and teach- ers having everyone involved that makes the Islip School District what it is,” Dineen said. “It is a great place.”
Discussing issues to address in the district, Dineen has his eyes set on the finances. Regarding the budget, he said that it can be difficult to remain below the tax cap in certain cases, especially if the numbers reflect a cap with a negative percentage. He also mentioned unfunded mandates as an issue that has come about.
Among other relevant community titles, Laura Rogacki is the president of the Commack Road Elementary School PTA. Running unopposed for a seat on the Islip School Board of Education as a challenger, Rogacki is committed to providing the highest quality education to students that the district can offer.
“Through collaboration with the team of board members and district leaders, we will evaluate the policies that have been serving our students well and continue to build upon that excellence to ensure all students are receiving a high-quality and balanced education,” Rogacki said.
She continued on to discuss that the school and the community need to be on board with prioritizing students’ interests in determining an educational vision that overall benefits students.
“Education has changed in the last 20 years in ways never seen before, with a rise in technology and industry that expects students to be well prepared to meet new challenges outside the classroom,” Rogacki said. “When students learn, they can be inspired to take that knowledge to another level that relates to real-world application, which will prepare them for the challenges they will face after high school. I am excited to envision working with parents, schools, and students to continue building a strong school district and community.”