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Letter: School System Incompetence

So, once again our school district finds itself the subject of a negative story in Newsday and all the local newspapers. This time it is because one of our elementary schools ran out of fuel oil!  Because of this, when the oil burners were finally restarted, somehow, fumes filled the building, causing students to seek emergency room treatment, some lasting all day, according to parents at the last school board meeting. How could this happen? That school is equipped with both oil and gas burning boilers so even if the oil ran out, which has never happened before, why wasn’t the gas turned on?  


The lame answers which we were given by the school board and superintendent are ridiculous and inappropriate. Who is to blame for this failure?  According to the “Glen Cove School District Administrative Table of Organization,” it is the head of buildings and grounds, and his supervisor, the new assistant to the superintendent for business, and above her the new superintendent.  These three, but especially the last two, new to their jobs here, failed to do the simplest of tasks, like making sure there was enough oil, and in that absence, finding a replacement oil deliverer, and if not possible, seeing to it that the gas valve was opened. 


In reality, the school board was ultimately responsible, since they are the ones who chose to dismiss our previous assistant to the superintendent for business, Kevin Wurtz.  He did a superlative job, according to the administration, the school board and the public, for the nearly 10 years he was with our district.  We never ran out of fuel. So why was he dismissed?


I fear that we are not through with problems caused by this administration, all of whom are new at their jobs in this district. The basic problem is that the administration members, as well as most of the school board members, are inexperienced, are ignorant of what is necessary to efficiently run a school district, and lack the intelligence to do what is in the best interests of this district.  Why else did they dismiss the only efficient, experienced administrator we had? 


You might consider asking your elected members of the school board: Donna Brady, Barrie Dratch, Richard Maccarone, David Huggins and Grady Farnan why they chose to dismiss Kevin Wurtz without any explanation ever. This was the single worst decision by any of our school boards in recent history. The repercussions of their ineptitude are now beginning to show. Doesn’t the public have a right to know why the school board acted in such an irresponsible fashion?


Rick Smith