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Lia Leone elected new G.C. Board of Education president

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After Monica Alexandris-Miller resigned from her position as the Glen Cove City School District Board of Education president for health reasons, Lia Leone, the vice president, became the board’s new president. Karen Furguson, a trustee, was then elected to become the vice president.

“It is with a heavy heart I step away now,” Alexandris-Miller said in a statement. “While I had hoped to accomplish so much more during my time on the board, I’m confident that my board colleagues will continue to move forward as we have these past few years in ways that will benefit our children and our entire community.”

Leone said at the Jan. 13 Board of Education meeting that she would stay on as the president until the end of the term. Although there is a vacancy, Leone said that the board will not fill it for now.

Trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross said she was delighted that Leone will remain president for the remainder of the year. Nedbor-Gross nominated Furguson for vice president. Four of the six members voted in her favor.

“I look forward to working with you and continuing to move our district forward,” Leone said to Ferguson.

As president, Leone said her goals for the remainder of her term, which expires in 2022, is to survive, with Covid-19 cases still rising and all the challenges that come with it.

Leone said she would work to get the students who want to be in an in-person class setting five days a week back into the school buildings, while ensuring that those who want to remain remote will have that option.