By Bill Foley, OCT Contributing Writer
OSWEGO, NY – The final Oswego City School District Board of Education for 2015 was quite active.
Prior to the start of the regular meeting Richard Atkins had discussed numerous possible modifications for the annual school budget and board elections and the board will further discuss the matter in January.
However, there were numerous other items that packed the over two and a half hour committee and regular meetings.
Presentations were scheduled and Angela Voninski talked about a review of the special programs area while Diane Oldenburg of the Oswego County Health Department was on hand to talk about head lice. Mike McCrobie and Laura Bateman, coaches of softball and lacrosse respectively, presented information relating to field trips for their teams in March.
After the board members reviewed the resolutions in committee, all were passed rapidly during the regular meeting.
The Personnel agenda was rather crowded with a variety of resoltuions.
Patricia Spath, Alta Larson and Richard Chetney have served the district for more than 30 years each and are retiring. The board thanked them for the dedicated, conscientious service.
Peter Myles, who is retiring as Director of Personnel and Human Resources, was appointed as interim administrator from January 4 to a “to be determined” dates at a daily per diem rate of $500.
The district has seen several retirements, job shifts and reassignments thus the board accepted the posting for numerous vacancies. Among the positions that will be posted are Executive Director of Education and Personnel; Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability K-12; a regular substitute special education teacher, a teacher assistant, coaches for the fall sports season, two senior typists and a light motor equipment operator.
Samantha Spaulding was approved as an administrative assistant for the spring semester at Oswego Middle School and board vice president Lynda Sereno abstained from the vote.
Catherine Chase had her resignation accepted as a Minetto Elementary teacher while Eric McCrobie was granted a leave of absence as an elementary teacher assigned to Charles E. Riley Elementary School.
Three regular substitute teachers were approved and included Kelley Sheldon (art at Oswego Middle School), Daniel Rogers (OMS school counselor) and Kyle Boeckmann (teaching assistant at OMS).
Part-time appointments included Cody Casalatta as a physical ed teacher half time at Fitzhugh Park and Melissa Russell a reaching teacher at OHS .6 full time position.
David Gryczka was named as an APPR Evaluator at a $2,500 stipend.
Several other appointments were approved for after school study table and after school homework supervisor.
Athletic volunteers approved included Thomas Roman II and James Omundsen (girls’ hockey), James Muckey (boys’ basketball) and Jordyn Naylor (indoor track and field).
There were several support staff recommendations on the agenda.
Teacher aide Kathleen Forger resigned that position at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School, Pamela Dowd took a leave of absence as food service helper at the Oswego High School.
Probationary appointments included Minetto part-time teacher aide Denise Dohse, school bus driver James Liccardi, part-time teacher aide Lisa Garcia, school bus driver Theresa Haynes, food service part-time positions for Mylie Colon and Grisel Ramos Colon.
Tyler Palmitese was approved as a provision part-time computer aide for 20 hours per week while permanent appointments were approved for school bus driver John Baum and data processing typist Chaire Hosley.
There were just two resolutions in the Finance area and these included a $2,000 transfer of funds to purchase supplies to aid in the creation of a live internet stream of WBUC and Yankee Doodle Circus was approved use of school facilities.
In the Instructional area the board approved travel for Ana Alcasid to the U.S. Army All American Marching Band in San Antonio, for early January. The girls’ softball and lacrosse teams were also approved for their overnight field trips to Orlando March 22-16.
The board members also gave a positive nod for the Oswego High School Teen Health Conference at Camp Hollis May 10-11, 2016.
Approval was also given for the use of an elementary school music textbook.