by Jennie Acklin
Superintendent Mark Ward started the Aug. 28, 2012, board meeting with a 45-minute facility walk-through, pointing out many substandard areas of the building. The locker rooms were in particular need of attention – and it was pointed out that no improvements have been made since they were built in 1962.
New improvements were also shown and talked about, including the new 65-inch television in the cafeteria, 18 new security cameras (meant to curb unwanted behavior), and the purchase of new iPads. The class of 2012 purchased a new video camera for the Media/AV Department.
The NYSDOT semi-annual bus safety inspection report was presented, covering April 2, 2011 – March 31, 2012.
Opening day of school is Sept.5, 2012. Enrollment is anticipated to be up 3.5-4 percent for this school year, with several late enrollments still expected.
“A lot of people from out of district want to send their kids to our school,” said Ward. According to the school’s nonresident policy, ECS will charge $525 in tuition per out-of-district student for the 2012-2013 school year.
A community meeting was announced by Ward, for the purpose of letting the community view the facilities – both positive and negative. The meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. A possible capital project to address aging sections of the building is anticipated.
Under New Business, a motion to approve the 2012-13 tax warrant was made and approved. (See below.)
Several personnel approvals were given, contingent upon successful fingerprint clearance from New York State:
Shannon Fitzpatrick-Wood was added to the certified substitute teacher list.
James Pawlowski was approved for the position of JV football coach for 2012-2013.
Mary Ann Boyles was approved for the position of long-term substitute middle/high school art teacher.
John Mowery was approved as a volunteer for 2012-2013 football, basketball and baseball.
Michael Telaak was approved as a football volunteer for 2012-2013.
Lillian Lechner was approved as part-time art teacher for 2012-2013.
A letter of resignation from Nolan Christopher as JV football coach for 2012-13 was accepted.
Concussion management was also on the agenda, and the second reading and approval of a school policy was made.
The board went into executive session at 9:20 p.m. The next board of education meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.