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Sewanhaka Board of Ed Notebook: June 26

Other news from the July 26 board of education meeting.

Sewanhaka Board of Ed Notebook: June 26 Sewanhaka Board of Ed Notebook: June 26

The Sewanhaka Board of Education held a meeting on Tuesday, June 26. Here are some of the things you may have missed.

Year-End Thanks

  • Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie thanked Fred Raulli for “all the work he did to set up, organize, supervise five outstanding graduations,” at Hofstra where 1,389 students graduated: 303 from Elmont, 232 from Floral Park, 292 from H. Frank Carey, 304 from and 257 from Sewanhaka.
  • Dr. Ferrie also expressed his thanks to the administrators and staff.
  • “It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by and people continue to ask me ‘A district with 5 high schools, how can you do this?’ My response is going to be consistent in that it’s because we have a great administrative team; we have outstanding principals who are all here this evening, directors and certainly central office staff.

Staff Morale

  • New Hyde Park resident Craig Barbieri, a graduate and 20-year counselor at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, spoke about morale issues he feels the school faculty are currently facing.
  • “Educators across the country and certainly building administrators, teachers and staff in our district feel the pressure of the federal and state testing requirements and mandates,” he said. “Add to that an evaluation system, a newly adopted public disclosure law and the constrains of a tax cap that forces everyone to do more with less. All of this has lowered the morale of the staff.”
  • Barbieri added that the staff had worked with central administration and the school board to maintain the standards in the district, “but several recent decisions have raised questions about the direction of this district. In moving forward I would ask the board to take into consideration the morale of the faculty and the voices of the community it represents,” and “recently I heard comments such as ‘they’ll get over it’,” within the building.
  • “With all the outside pressures that we collectively feel, we need to maintain a singular focus about educating our children by working together in these difficult times.”

Field Trips

  • A total of 5 female New Hyde Park Memorial students will attend the 2012 yearbook workshop at Gettysburg College in Harrisburg, PA from July 15-19 at a cost of $589 ($485 to be paid by the student and $104 to be paid by the student activity fund). Two chaperones (one male and one female) will accompany the students at a cost of $589 each to be paid by the district.
  • The Model UN team from New Hyde Park Memorial will make an application for the following 2012-13 conferences: Rutgers, November 15-18, February 7-10. The Sewanhaka Model UN will apply to Harvard for January 31-February 3 and to Hofstra from March 15-16.

Contracts

  • The district approved the accounting firm of R.S. Abrams as external auditor for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 at a fee not to exceed $49,000as per the 5-year agreement.
  • A contract with All Island Investigations NY Inc. for security supervision services for 2012-13 at a cost of $50,197.44 was renewed. There is no increase from the previous year.
  • A transportation contract between the Sewanhaka Central High School District for the transportation of one student to the Henry Viscardi School at a cost of $38.97 per wheelchair pupil and $30.06 per shared matron per day effective July 9 through August 17 charged to the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District was approved.
  • A transportation contract between the Sewanhaka Central High School District for the transportation of one student to the BOCES Rosemary Kennedy at a cost of $25.61 per pupil per day and $9.91 per shared matron per day effective July 9 through August 17 charged to the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District was approved.

Other Board News

  • L.I. Teen Freedom will provide 10 days of supplemental class presentations to all district Health 7 and 10 classes at no cost to the district.
  • The district authorized a payment of $1,610 funded through a Perkins grant to John Reagan for 35 hours to monitor the AYES students who interned at local dealerships during July and August 2012.
  • A donation in the amount of $66.25 from the Stop n’ Shop A+ School Rewards Program to was accepted.
  • A 1999 Ford Taurus valued at $2,031 to the occupational educational automotive program at Sewanhaka High School was accepted.
  • The board approved a decrease of $454 in the cost of a project for a 209-10 PA/Intercom system at New Hyde Park Memorial High School and a $3,373 decrease on a 2009-10 auditorium lighting project at Sewanhaka High School from L.E.B. Electric, LTD.

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