Clarkstown School District Pool Policy Will Be Reviewed

Clarkstown School Board will look over policy after team’s request


Several dozen people affiliated with the New York Sharks swim club showed up at Thursday’s Clarkstown School Board meeting asking for a review of allocated swim time at the Felix Festa Middle School Pool. The Condors Swim Club also is allotted practice time at the pool as part of an agreement passed by the board on July 2. School Board President Joe Malgieri said the district’s policy for use of the natatorium would be reviewed.

“We will have our policy committee look into that once more,” said Malgieri.

He also responded to comments of a potential conflict of interest for Board School member Robert Carlucci, who founded the Condors and whose son now runs the club. Malgieri said Carlucci signed a conflict of interest statement prior to joining the board.

“Mr. Carlucci signed all those papers,” said Malgieri. “He did not vote on the contract. He not break any law.”

The Condors and Sharks have practice schedules for the coming school year posted on their web sites. The Condors also have pool time at the Westchester Community College pool. The Sharks additionally train in the South Orangetown Middle School and Rockland Community College pools. 

Sharks Co-head Coach John Alaimo told the board he and the Condors met with the district’s acquatics director after two weeks after the board’s July 2 approval of a usage agreement for the 2012-2013 school year.  Sharks owner Todd Langenmayr said he hoped a resolution would be reached that would allocate the usage and hours of the 16, seven-foot-wide competitive pool lanes differently. 

“There are no rules that prohibit both teams from training at the same time,” he said.  

No one from the Condors spoke at the Thursday meeting. The pool is open for community usage as well.


Matt Schatz August 21, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Having been at the meeting, and re-watching the video, I do not agree that this is what the Board president said. If you are interested in what the Board president stated and what his statement was in response to, go to minute 48 or so of the meeting video. http://ccsd.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=114
Boardoverseer August 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM
There is a Pool Access Agreement for Felix Festa signed by both the Condors' & the Sharks' Presidents and the President of the Board of Education at the time at the January 11, 2007 Board of Education meeting. The terms of the agreement are binding and there is no expiration date. The Sharks are not adhering to this agreement. If you would like to view it here is the information to do so: Subject 8.10 Approval of Pool Access Agreement between the Condors Swim Club, Inc. and The New York Sharks Aquatics, Inc. Meeting Jan 11, 2007 - Regular Board Meeting 8:00 P.M. Chestnut Grove Administrative Center Board Conference Room Category 8. New Business Type Action, Action (Consent) Approval of Pool Access Agreement between the Condors Swim Club, Inc. and The New York Sharks Aquatics, Inc. http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/clarkcsd/Board.nsf/Public# President Malgieri has no obligation to have a committee review the request by the Sharks but he is doing it anyway. Kudos to him and the rest of the board for promoting unity in the district.
Boardoverseer August 21, 2012 at 05:12 PM
My apologies. For those looking for the actual agreement it is not available as a document online, as are most other Board Documents. The agreement is being circulated among swim families and can be obtained by copying one of theirs or by calling the central office at 845-639-6300. They will explain the procedure on how to obtain a personal copy.
jointhepatch August 21, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Thanks Bob


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