EAST ISLIP

Three candidates for East Islip school board

Randall Waszynski
Posted 6/4/20

Bill Carpluk, incumbent

Carpluk has been a member of the board for six academic years and has taught for 30-plus years. He has also been a member of the district’s library …

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EAST ISLIP

Three candidates for East Islip school board

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Bill Carpluk, incumbent

Carpluk has been a member of the board for six academic years and has taught for 30-plus years. He has also been a member of the district’s library board.

Carpluk said a $60 million bond was passed in 2018, and all the projects related to the bond will be finished within two years.

“I would like to see it finished,” he said, continuing on to say that the current board of education has done well in its duties in previous years. “With the superintendent, we really have accomplished a whole lot for the district. We have kept taxes down from when I got on the board in 2015. We have done a lot of work, and we have not burdened the taxpayer at all. We have improved a whole bunch of different programs. We are looking to improve more.”

Carpluk said that the most important focus for the district right now is to improve programs for students interested in pursuing trades. He mentioned that there is interest in building a fabrication lab at the high school.

“We want to build some sort of tech- nical, entrepreneurial kind of lab situation at the high school so that we can get more kids engaged in the technical services like fabrication of metal, wood, T-shirts, sweatshirts, things like that,” Carpluk said. “We have a lot of good academic things. I just don’t know if we have enough programs for the kids who might not necessarily be college-bound.”

Christopher Zachry, incumbent

Zachry has been a member of the board for six academic years. He has twin daughters in third grade in the district. He also grew up through East Islip schools and graduated in the Class of 1991.

Zachry said security is the top issue for the school, mentioning that it was accounted for in last year’s bond and includes the continual addition of security at all six of the district’s schools.

“[It is about] keeping our kids safe, and now especially with everything going on health-wise,” he said. “How are we going to keep our kids safe when they return, whether that is September or thereafter?”

He also pointed out the importance of expanding academic programs in the district, particularly mentioning the STEAM program being incorporated at the elementary school. In terms of high school programs, Zachry mentioned the BOCES program that essentially advertises the trades for students in the district.

“We would like to expand that as long as the demand is there for it,” Zachry said. “We want them to have the opportu- nities that they deserve to have.”

Aside from programs, Zachry made note of tax issues for the district in the past, ensuring that — in addition to prioritizing and maximizing opportunities for students — taxes will not be increasing.

Israel Malinowitzer

Israel Malinowitzer is the third candidate in the district and is a challenger. Malinowitzer was not reachable before printing.

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