The Fox in the Henhouse.

The Fox in the Henhouse.

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Amelia Lantz started this petition to Riverhead Central School District

Here in Riverhead Central School District, come June 9th, we will be  faced with what every district in the New York State will be experiencing-a budget vote and Board of Education Trustee elections. This years vote is like any other year with the exception of several major impactful changes to the voting process:
 
By Executive Order, school districts are mandated to conduct voting by Absentee Ballots only. Included with the ballot will be a postage-paid envelope for its return to the District Office. Every eligible person within our district is to receive a ballot. This process has too many opportunities for inconsistencies, dishonesty and mistakes made by employees of the district who will be tallying the votes.
 
This past February’s sloppy handling of absentee ballots on the proposed bond,  by the district’s Deputy Superintendent of Finances and Operations, Sam Schneider,  along with employees whom he directly supervises, proved that the process was broken. Ballots were not sent to members of our community in a timely manner nor, on their return to the District Office, were they  properly time registered and accounted for.
 
Due to the specifics outlined in the Executive Order for this years votes, Absentee Ballots are to be individually and manually  hand tallied. This task will be undertaken by Deputy Superintendent of Finances and Operations,  Sam Schneider, the District Clerk Lisa Rheaume, along with various other immediate employees under Mr. Schneider’s supervision.  
 
For approximately the last decade,  budget votes and Board of Education election votes have been overseen by district employees who are professionally and  personally connected to BOE members and The Deputy Superintendent of Finances and Operations. This unethical,  “made up,” multi-level process permits a parasitic relationship where one assures the other of  the retention of their position on the BOE or their employment in the district. 
 
THIS IS NOT PROPER OR TYPICAL PROTOCOL OUTLINED BY NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THROUGHOUT NEW YORK STATE SCHOOL DISTRICTS.
 
More so than ever,  it is critical that this years Budget and Board of Education Trustee voting ballots be 100% accurate and the ballots be opened and tallied by volunteer persons, not employed by the district,  who are unbiased and not affiliated with the district what-so-ever.
 
If you are inclined to agree with this petition,  please sign below for its submission to the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Henriquez  and the BOE.

Thank you.
 
 

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