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Seven people have been appointed to an advisory board that will be examining instruction and management at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. (Feb. 22, 2012)(Credit: Newsday/John Paraskevas)

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U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point in disarray

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, a fixture in Kings Point since 1943, is in upheaval with an empty superintendent's chair and a proposed budget cut. Meanwhile, the federal service academy's facilities are deteriorating, leading to gas leaks in buildings and rotting decks at piers. Recent developments have some alumni and parents of students worried about the future of the school, from which graduates of the four-year program leave with Coast Guard licenses and Navy Reserve appointments.