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Plainview: Would You Elect an 18-Year-Old to the School Board?

That's exactly what our neighbors in Syosset did Tuesday. Could that ever happen here?

On Tuesday, our neighbors to the north decided to elect an 18-year-old Syosset High School senior to their Board of Education.

's landslide election, where he outdistanced his closest opponent by more than 2,000 votes, was remarkable even for stormy Syosset. His victory unleashed a frenzied media circus: Ringling Brothers meets William Randolph Hearst. The class president is national news.

Could something like that ever happen in Plainview?

What would it take for you to vote for a high school senior, no matter what fire storm had erupted on your Board of Ed., no matter how strong a candidate the student was?

What's going on in Syosset that such a thing could happen?

Take our poll and please sound off in the comments.

Joe Dowd May 17, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Great thread of comments. I'd love to hear more from our readers.
TheGreek May 17, 2012 at 06:16 PM
We must look at this from the other point of view, and with regard to conflicts of interest. Does a judge rule, or is a juror empaneled, on a case where they know the plaintiff or defendant? Absolutely not. Does a legislator vote on a bill when they have a pecuniary interest? Let’s hope they recuse themselves. Then why are students, teachers, and administrators allowed to be voting members of the Board of Education? It seems that there is a clear conflict of interests here.
BB May 17, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I see your point of view and I have admit it certainly makes sense. However, looking at another point of view . Does Facebook,, Microsoft, google, general motors have independent people making decisions for them or do they have their own employees making these decisions? There is no conflict of interest there so why would it be in a school. I understand there's a money issue here but there are two sides to look at.
JOE May 18, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Considering some of the past decisions of our board of ed , I would definitely vote for an 18 year old.
Carol Dolson June 19, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I agree with Joe, and also feel that this kid will be a breath of much needed fresh air. I I can't wait to see what he does, and who follows in his footsteps in other districts.

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