SOUTH COUNTRY SCHOOLS

Two candidates for South Country board of ed election

News Staff
Posted 5/21/20

The South Country School Board will hold their annual election and budget vote on Tuesday, June 9 by absentee ballot only. There will be two candidates running for two vacated seats left by Jack …

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SOUTH COUNTRY SCHOOLS

Two candidates for South Country board of ed election

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The South Country School Board will hold their annual election and budget vote on Tuesday, June 9 by absentee ballot only. There will be two candidates running for two vacated seats left by Jack Nix and Lisa Di Santo. All ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on June 9.

Cheryl Felice

Cheryl Felice, originally from Patchogue, moved to Bellport in
2014, and is seeking her second term on the Board of Education in the South Country Central School District. She was initially elected in 2016 and served as board president for the last two of her three-year term.

She was educated at Suffolk Community College with an AAS in criminal justice, and St. Joseph’s College for both a BS in organizational management and an executive MBA. Felice spent 28 years leading her union, the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees, AME, as an executive board member, president and benefit fund administrator. She recently received a Lifetime Membership Award for being the longest serving officer of AME. Felice was invited to join the Board of Directors for the Center for Environmental Education and Discovery (CEED) in Brookhaven.

Felice said she is eager to rejoin the BOE at South Country to work with the administration, faculty, staff, parents and students. Some of the programs and projects she has supported include, the Dual Language Magnet School at Brookhaven Elementary, Chromebooks for grades 3-12, the Courtyard Learning Lab at Frank P. Long Intermediate School, the Cadet Core, Security Vestibules throughout the District, and the Prekindergarten Center at South Haven School. All this and more was done while keeping the taxpayers STAR exemption intact as all school budgets approved by the voters responsibly remained within the 2 percent tax cap.

“School districts are facing uniquely challenging times,” she added. “As a retired municipal public servant, having worked with every level of government, I have more time to ‘pay-it-forward’ by helping our community navigate our new normal, together.”

Gena Ancona

Ancona is 39 years old and lives in Yaphank with her husband, Pete, and 14-year-old son. She said her family has been a proud part of the South Country Community since 2009. She
has volunteered for various organizations within the community, including the Kreamer Street Parent Teacher Association board as secretary for three years and the Kreamer Street Shared Decision Making Committee also for three years. By career, she has been a property and casualty insurance broker for the past 19 years.

She said she decided to run for the school board trustee to enhance the education for all the children in the district and to make sure they along with the faculty attend a safe environment. She said she believes in transparency and communication, something she said she feels has been lacking.

“I will always listen to your concerns with an open mind. The children’s social-emotional well-being is my No. 1 priority, especially in today’s climate,” she added. “I want to find ways of getting things done in lieu of the reason why it can’t be done. I look forward to working with the other trustees to improve all aspects of the district for the future of South Country.”

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