2008: The Year that Was

At the end of each year, we bring you a roundup of the events that made headlines during the previous 12 months. Read on and remember with us.


Former administrators sue LCSD

Suspended Liverpool school district administrators George Mangicaro and Bonnie Ladd filed a lawsuit against the district in the amount of $4 million, asking for $2 million each in damages for wrongful termination and defamation of character. The suit said the district inappropriately suspended Mangicaro and Ladd after Mangicaro brought allegations of impropriety against Superintendent Jan Matousek. The district, meanwhile, alleges that both administrators committed several disciplinary violations.

At press time, both administrators remained on paid leave. Meanwhile, the district is trying to remove Mangicaro and Ladd, both of whom are tenured employees, from their positions.

Residency requirement disputed

The village of Liverpool's board of trustees discussed the possibility of allowing candidates who lived outside the village to run for village justice.

The proposal came after George Alessio, who village Mayor Marlene Ward and her husband Dick Ward had supported in his bid for Salina town justice, requested permission to run for village justice. Alessio lived in the town of Salina but outside the village.

The proposal was disputed by many village residents, including Anthony LaValle, who said it sets a bad precedent that would allow non-village residents to run for any village office.

Ultimately, the village dismissed the proposal. Alessio moved into the village to run for office, but lost the seat to LaValle in May's election.


Referendum defeated

A $44.5 million referendum to repair Liverpool Elementary, Liverpool Middle School and other buildings and to rebuild the stadium at Liverpool High School was defeated by voters. District residents said the cost was too high and the details too few to pass the referendum.


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