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School, Library Boards To Elect Officers

OSWEGO, NY – The holiday is over. It’s back to work today for several governing bodies.

The Oswego City School District Board of Education will hold its reorganizational meeting this afternoon.

It will get under way at 4 p.m. in the board room at the Education Center, 120 E. First St.

Board members Samuel Tripp, John Dunsmoor and William Myer will take the oath of office.

That will be followed by the election of president and vice-president for the 2011-2012 school year.

The Oswego Public Library board of trustees will also hold its annual reorganizational meeting today.

It will start at 7 p.m.

The meeting will include the election of officers.

Meetings are held in the board room located on the lower level of the library, 120 E. Second St.

The public is welcome to attend.

The Oswego County Legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee will meet this afternoon as well.

The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. in Conference Room “E” on the fourth floor of the Oswego County Office Building, 46 E. Bridge St.

Among the agenda items are updates on property tax cap bills, sales tax extension and a discussion of budget goals.

Three Oswego Common Council committees will convene this evening.

The Physical Services Committee will consider some requests for use of public space. They will also discuss the possibility of changing the name of another city street.

Just one item is on the agenda for the Planning and Development Committee – a request for a variance of the noise ordinance.

Among the agenda items the Administrative Services Committee will deal with are a request by a local businessman to erect a garage over an existing storm sewer, a change order that means a reduction in the in the contract price of a project, and a discussion regarding setting fees for the city’s rental of peddle boats and kayaks.

The committee meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

OCSD Committee Meetings Tuesday, Wednesday

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego City School District Board of Education committee meetings are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in the Education Center board room.

On May 10 at 5 p.m. the Personnel Committee will meet to discuss resolutions that could be placed on the May 24 regular meeting schedule.

The Curriculum Committee meeting will follow immediately.

On May 11 at 5:30 p.m. the Policy Committee will meet followed at 6 p.m. by the Finance Committee.

The OCSD Audit Committee will be present and there will be a discussion on transportation consolidation with Transportation Director Tom Gunn.

Risk assessment will also be discussed.

The meetings are open to the public and community input is welcome during the committee meetings.

School Board Recognizes Cancer Fighters

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City School District Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools recognized the contributions of Oswego students who shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s Day in the effort to fight childhood cancer.

Cancer fighting students recognized

Cancer fighting students recognized

Students attending the recent board meeting ceremony included (front left to right) Emily Bradshaw, Joe DiBlasi, Devon Tonkin, Jack Hall and Ryan Bartlett.

In the second row are Carson Colucci, Spencer Stepien, Demetri Pappa and Adam Michalski.

In back are Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist, Nolan Busch, Avery Croucher, Tyler O’Grady and Board President William White.

Several other students also participated in the program, but were unable to attend the ceremony.

Oswego Board Honors Young CER Artists

CER art students cited.

CER art students cited.

OSWEGO, NY – Recently the Oswego City School District Board of Education recognized two Charles E. Riley Elementary School students for their artwork which chosen for the New York State Art Teacher Association Legislative Student Art Exhibit in Albany.

Recognized were Arin Wendt and Turner McElroy.

They were congratulated by Superintendent of Schools William Crist, CER art teacher Becky Woods and Board of Education President Dave White, at right.

Oswego Board Recognizes Student Athletes

Student athletes honored

Student athletes honored

OSWEGO, NY – Recently the Oswego City School District Board of Education recognized two Oswego High School student athletes for their participation in New York State Championship competition.

Superintendent of Schools William Crist congratulated swimmer Michaela Auer and indoor track standout Corey Keefe on their athletic accomplishments.

Representing the Board of Education was Board President Dave White, at right.

School Board Recognizes Award-Winning Art Students

Award-Winning Art Students

Award-Winning Art Students

OSWEGO, NY – Several Oswego High School students who were award winners in the Central New York Scholastic Arts competition recently were recognized by the Oswego City School District Board of Education for their accomplishments.

Teacher Melissa Martin (left) joined with Chrissy Abare, Chelsee Brockwell, Austin DeMott, Jenna Hotchkiss and Kat Robinson as they were congratulated by Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist (back left) and Board of Education President Dave White (back right) as well as other members of the Oswego City School District Board of Education.

Date Change Announced For School Board Meeting

OSWEGO, NY – The next Oswego City School District Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, March 21 at 6 p.m.

The superintendent of schools will present his proposed 2011-2012 budget to the board and community.

The meeting was originally scheduled for March 22.

However,  unexpected circumstances forced the movement of the date to March 21.

No executive session is scheduled and the meeting will commence at 6 p.m. in the Education Center board room at 120 E. First St.

Oswego Opera Theater Welcomes Four New Board Members

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Opera Theater Board of Directors announces the addition of four new members this past month.

They include Daniel Williams, Joan Waterbury, Adam Gagas and Gay Williams.

Daniel Williams

Daniel Williams

Williams is a 2009 graduate of SUNY Oswego School of Communications, Media and Arts with majors in Music and Spanish as well as a minor in Theater.

He has been in a bevy of productions over the years through both the college and the community as well as having sung in numerous choruses, notably Festival Chorus.

Oswego Opera Theater productions include: Dido and Aeneas, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Merry Widow, LaTraviata, Carousel, The Fairy Queen, Carmen, Opera Love Stories and An Afternoon with the G-Men.

He teaches piano and voice lessons in the area and is the organist at the United Methodist Church in Minetto.  He also works at Miss Lisa’s Centre of Dance Artistry through her “Triple Threat” program.

He is an active music director in the area for musical theatre, having worked for several school musicals as well as community theatre productions. During February, he will be performing in a concert entitled A Journey Through Love sponsored by the Oswego Opera Theater and in the month of March will be musical director for Urinetown: the Musical for the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild.

Joan Waterbury

Joan Waterbury

Waterbury is a native of Hagerstown, Maryland.

Following graduation, she taught a group of active fourth graders.

She relocated to Oswego after her marriage to William Waterbury to raise their four children and became a member of the Children’s Board, serving the children of the then-existing orphanage.

In the mid-1960s, she resumed her teaching career at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School as a Reading Specialist.

Through the years, she has been active in many community activities, several scholarship committees and several boards including: Oswego County Council on the Arts, Friends of the Library, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Oswego County Retired Teachers Association, the Oswego County Humane Society, Springside Retirement Community and her new venture with the Oswego Opera Theater.

“As a lifelong lover of music and all the Arts, I am excited to be a member of this talented, knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of people who are dedicated to bringing high quality musical performances to our community,” she said.

Gay Williams

Gay Williams

Williams is a local attorney who has practiced law in Oswego for more than 30 years.

In addition, Williams recently retired from her teaching position at SUNY Oswego School of Business, which she held for 20 years.

Williams lives in the town of Minetto with her husband, Alan, and is the mother of their three grown boys.

She is a community activist who has spent many years serving on the boards of directors of the Oswego YMCA, Harborfest, and the Oswego Public Library.

She has both supported and participated in local musical performances for many years.

She is pleased to have been asked to join the Opera Theater Board of Directors and looks forward to continued participation in the cultural life of the Oswego community.

Adam Gagas

Adam Gagas

Gagas is CEO of Breakwall Asset Management, a New York registered investment advisor that offers design, implementation, and continuous management of custom investment portfolios for individuals and organizations.

He is an Oswego native and has returned to his hometown after nearly 15 years of working in finance in New York City and Moscow, Russia.

Citing the unique nature of the Oswego Opera Theater, Gagas notes that he learned about opera at an early age despite living in a small town and then discovered that he couldn’t afford to attend opera performances when he lived in larger cities.

He looks forward to helping ensure that the organization can continue to offer high-quality information, education and entertainment at an affordable cost.

In addition to his new position on the Oswego Opera Theater board, Gagas also serves on the boards of directors for Oswego Hospital and the Riverside Cemetery of Oswego and is a member of a steering committee for the YMCA.

Oswego School Board Committee Meetings Feb. 8-9, Budget Discussion Wednesday

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego City School District Board of Education committee meetings are scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Education Center.

On Feb. 8, the committee meetings will begin at 5 p.m. with the Curriculum Committee being followed by the Personnel Committee.

The committees will discuss which resolutions will be placed on the Feb. 22 regular Oswego City School District Board of Education agenda.

The Curriculum Committee will also hear discussion items involving a request to place the closing of an elementary school on the May 17 ballot.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum Cathy Chamberlain will review the School Report Card and Oswego High School Principal Brian Hartwell will be present to discuss his students and building.

Wednesday at 5 p.m. the Finance Committee will focus on the 2011-2012 budget discussion after addressing the regular items to be placed on the Feb. 22 agenda.

All committee meetings are open to the community.

Comments are allowed and desired from those in attendance.

Oswego County Opportunities Seeks New Board Members

FULTON, NY – Oswego County Opportunities seeks forward-looking community members who are interested in applying for seats on the agency’s board of directors.

Each year, OCO’s Governance Committee recruits candidates from a cross-section of the county’s population for open seats on the 21-member board.

One of Oswego County’s top 10 largest private employers, OCO, Inc., is a non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966 and touches the lives of more than 20,000 people annually.

A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO’s programs provide:

Community support services for children, youth and families, as well as education and outreach and transportation services, and help for persons in crisis;
Health and nutrition services for all ages, including primary care, family planning, cancer screenings, senior nutrition, WIC, and migrant services;
Residential services for adults with developmental disabilities, persons with psychiatric diagnoses, the homeless and those recovering from addiction.

The 21-seat board of directors for OCO is made up of a combination of representative of the communities that the agency serves, appointed and/or elected officials from throughout Oswego County and members who receive services from OCO.

OCO’s Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier explained that the board’s composition assures that the agency’s efforts are as effective as possible.

“The governing structure assures that the people served by OCO have a voice in shaping the agency’s future,” she said. “The consumer population brings insight and experiences that are unique to the people we serve. They know first-hand how services are provided and their input is invaluable in making improvements, adding programs, and so forth. The elected officials help OCO connect with all levels of government, build productive partnerships, and accurately assess community needs. Finally, our community representatives complete the picture by bringing talents from their professions, sharing experiences with other agencies and service organizations, and helping OCO establish relationships in schools and in neighborhoods.”

Those interested in being considered for service on OCO’s board are urged to submit their applications no later than Feb. 28.

Once the applications have been accepted, the Governance Committee will begin the review process and some candidates may be invited for interviews.

The committee will then present a slate of candidates to OCO’s full board, who will elect the new board members at the agency’s annual meeting to be held April 27.

“I encourage community members who would like to have a voice in shaping the future of human services in Oswego County to consider becoming a member of our board of directors. It is a unique opportunity to make a positive impact right where you live. You will be helping OCO continue its efforts to eliminate poverty in Oswego County and equip people to thrive in our communities,” added Cooper-Currier.

Applications are available OCO’s the main office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton; its Oswego office in the Midtown Plaza, East Bridge Street; the Fulton Health Center, 522 S. Fourth St.; the Oswego Health Center, 10 George St. in Oswego; Head Start sites, Discovery Day Care in Phoenix and Dining and Activity Center meal sites.

Applications are also available at www.oco.org

More information is available by calling Cooper-Currier at 598-4717.

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