SHRUB OAK, N.Y. – Steve Rosen, a Lakeland school board trustee since 2008, has begun a 125-month repayment of money earned from the school district between the 2011-12 and 2016-17 school years.
Rosen’s earnings as a part-time scoreboard operator and security guard for district sporting events, a task he has performed since before joining the school board, were called into question last year and investigated by the board’s counsel.
According to New York State General Municipal Law, a trustee cannot earn more than $750 from a public school district in a given year, as doing so would create a conflict of interest. Payroll information provided by the district shows that Rosen earned $22,920 from the district while a member of the Lakeland Central School District Board of Education from 2008-09 to 2016-17, which was $16,170 more than allowed.
According to an agreement approved by the board at its Feb. 15 meeting, Rosen will reimburse the district $30 a month, beginning February 2018 and ending May 2028, for a total of $3,750. During that time period, Rosen made $8,750 more than allowed.
The 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 school years were not included in the agreement. Rosen, who works part-time as a limo driver, told Yorktown News this was because the “statute of limitations” had expired.
Rosen, the president of the Shrub Oak Athletic Club, said he earned money mostly as a scoreboard operator for basketball games. Early in his school board tenure, he also worked as a security guard for sporting events. He was paid $40 per game as a scoreboard operator and $50 per game as a security guard, he previously told Yorktown News.