Hempstead - (WALK) The Hempstead School Board is under new management.
The board held a reorganization meeting and elected Lamont Johnson to replace former President Betty Cross Tuesday evening. The board also voted to recall 29 of 59 workers released in June.
Johnson, 42, is a graduate of Hempstead High School and is a former New York City police officer; he retired from the Hempstead Village Police Department and joined the school board in 2013.
Former School Board President Cross, 68, was defeated 3-2 Tuesday. Cross is the board's longest-serving member. She was first elected in 1978 and has served seven terms. Her plans were undetermined Tuesday, but she remains on the board as treasurer, according to published accounts.
Recent issues confronting the Hempstead School District include last month's layoffs, questions about the number of high school seniors eligible for graduation, and Cross's election on Super Tuesday, May 20. A rival candidate says Cross's victory, by a margin of six absentee ballots, is suspicious and petitioned the New York State Education Commissioner to overturn the outcome. The Nassau District Attorneys office is conducting an independent investigation.