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16 Wins and Zero Defeats for Michael Capozzoli

For the 16th time in a row Michael Capozzoli was reelected president of the Ridley School Board. His vice president, Beverly Kapanjie, was elected to her ninth term.

 Capozzoli's been with the School Board 38 years and taught sixth grade at Leedom Elementary. Kapanjie is a retired business owner. The other recently reelected School Board members are Michael Capozzoli, Beverly Kapanjie, Christine McMenamin, George Dawson, and Harry McElwee.

Cynthia Cherkas stays the School Board treasurer.  John F.X. Reilly continues on as the boards' solicitor. Details are by DelCoNews Network correspondent Barbara Ormsby

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Comment by Linda Shockley on January 11, 2016 at 11:26am

I promise not to wander any further from the subject at hand, but Michael's claim to fame IMHO was that he insisted that he was such a good driver that traffic rules didn't apply to him.

Comment by tim devabey on January 10, 2016 at 6:50pm

@Howard,  So rather than engaging in an insightful discussion, "Michael Bennett" has left the building and taken his comments with him.  Part of one of his comments lingers in my mailbox:

"They don't cross file parties as a lock out. This is a defined process by which small communities often work due to size. Essentially, there is no party. Stop creating controversy that doesn't exist...."

Just one of his wrong statements.  Cross filing is illegal in many States as well it should be in any Democracy.  Notice the recent Borough Calendar controversy:  How does "Michael" explain the Calendar which has been "paid for" and "brought to you" by the REPUBLICAN PARTY leaving off any reference to Councilors and committee persons other than REPUBLICANS?  Is this supposed to be the "Official Calendar" for the Borough?  "There is no Party," eh Michael?   

Comment by Howard McCoy on January 7, 2016 at 2:12pm

@Tim: the member with the screen name Michael Bennett has left the network as an RPOL member. He posted in your discussion under my blog describing your comments as a rant as well as using other emotive words and dictatorial statements -  even Tom Park'ish for an exchange or two and I was a bit shocked with their wording; hence mine reflecting their anger and identifying their name calling - RPOL's no place for this. Everyone is free to say what they'd like in a polite and constructive manner, and sometimes members are emotionally involved, but civility must always be part of our conversation.
Today I see that the member with the screen name Michael Bennett has left and taken his comments with him. I call this their loss in the respect only that this person made a lot of intelligent observations and now they're in silence.

Comment by tim devabey on January 7, 2016 at 1:21pm

@Howard,  There are 5 or so comments to "Michael" on this blog.  What am I missing?  What was his opinion on the topic?  Thanks.

Comment by Howard McCoy on January 6, 2016 at 4:09pm

Michael - thank you I understand your feelings and my sentiments are with you.  Hidden in the School Board story are likely many other issues from all sides, however I appreciate you laying this out so I can understand it and I appreciate your articulate thoughts - thanks

Comment by Howard McCoy on January 6, 2016 at 3:41pm

@Michael: it points to the problem with anger you're putting on us.  Maybe if you stop calling names and explain yourself clearly; we've have an idea of why you're writing so high and mighty and with such emotive words and feelings.  Break it down so we can understand the solutions and leave the personal attacks at the doorway while you're doing it - please.

Comment by Howard McCoy on January 6, 2016 at 3:28pm

@Michael:  I agree with you all the way until it comes to getting elected and making a change. Ridley Park gets only one seat on the school board and that position's been held by the same person for a long time as well. Not here to complain about her; everyone says she's done a great job representing RP.

The frustration I'm hearing from others towards the school board is the same frustration I've experienced: how does a small town Parker topple the current regime and how does one bring transparency to a school board that's not about that?

Ridley Township towers over the school board and residents in RP and Eddystone accepted that with the merger that eliminated Ridley Park High School.

What it takes in frustration in the entire district with candidates in Ridley Township leading the change. Until then we will have frustrated citizens who watch our school costs increase.

Comment by Nina on January 6, 2016 at 3:19pm
Michael, by the way, Ridley school district is not a small town. The district controls many jobs and contracts
Comment by Nina on January 6, 2016 at 3:18pm
Michael should read a book called Ruling Suburbia. Very well,researched by a PHD graduate of the Univ. of Delaware. It is the true history of the Delco Republican Party machine through the 20 th century, with details on how they stay in control and to this day hold all county elective offices in spite of all the opposition candidates who have run over the years
RP library can get it thru inter library loan
Comment by Howard McCoy on January 6, 2016 at 3:04pm

Just because things look suspicious, I told I shouldn't be suspicious because others are watching the situation closer than me.  These same people tell me it's OK to have a 16 term school board president. That is OK with his private catering business in/on school district property and OK that the same school board president has his private catering business advertised on the school district's sign. They also say that it's OK to have the school board president's family members on the school district payroll. I'm told it is all OK and that I'm just suspicious.  

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