CONETQUOT SCHOOLS

Meet the candidates for Connetquot school board

Sam Desmond
Posted 5/29/20

Votes for school board members are at large, which means the two candidates with the most votes will win the seats. The vote will be done by absentee ballot only, due by June 9.

Milynn Augulis …

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CONETQUOT SCHOOLS

Meet the candidates for Connetquot school board

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Votes for school board members are at large, which means the two candidates with the most votes will win the seats. The vote will be done by absentee ballot only, due by June 9.

Milynn Augulis (incumbent)

Serving the Connetquot Board of Education for the past six years (the last three as president), Augulis would like to continue her work with literacy, mental health, and science curricula expansion. The impetus for Augulis to run six years ago was her collaboration with teachers on the Columbia University Literacy Program. The program was met with enthusiasm by teachers, and Augulis calls this success “definitely one of the many highlighted moments serving on the board.”

Augulis hopes to continue to hold the district to fiscal responsibility and educating the whole child, enabling plat- forms that allow students to be college and career ready, and providing ample resources to staff.

Lee Kennedy (incumbent)

Serving 21 years on the school board, Kennedy cites her achievement in the anti-bullying initiative as her most important. Working with administration and staff, a program was introduced to the sixth-grade health curriculum that “involved show[ing] students how to cope with bullying, express[ing] their feelings, and how to help the student that is being bullied.” The program was implemented at no additional cost to the school budget.

Going forward, Kennedy would like to continue the school’s success with AP and Regents test scores and improving communication between board members.

Suzanne Martin

If elected to the board, Martin would like to focus on the mental health, discipline, and safety of students and staff, especially as the pandemic creates new challenges. She credits the community and school for “thinking outside the box” when it came to honoring 2020 seniors.

“I would love the opportunity to be part of reimagining and implementing new ways to educate and enhance our students’ success that promotes social and emotional growth and academic excellence.”

Terri McNamee

A 26-year resident of the community, McNamee has been critical of the board for not developing a “list of goals,” which she feels has “not allowed them to see the big picture and direct the district in one general direction.” Coming from a back- ground spanning three careers (adjunct math professor, actuary, and employee benefits), McNamee has cited her broad knowledge as a good match for a board member.

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