Oswego School Board Concludes March With Busy Agenda

By Bill Foley: OCT Contributing Writer

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City School District Board of Education did much more than hear about the (budgetary) obstacles confronting it at the final regular meeting of March.

A full agenda awaited the board members as they sat down.

In the “Board of Education” portion of the agenda, approval was granted for a proposed policy relating to “Entitlement to Attend-Age and Residency” policy as well as the pupil instructional calendar for 2015-16.

Board President Kathleen Allen asked about snow days.

Superintendent of Schools Ben Halsey said that, due to the limitations of the start of school and being able to fit in the required number of days, there would be only five snow days on the calendar.

It was indicated students would begin the new school year the day after Labor Day.

However, the district staff would commence its duties on the Wednesday and Thursday prior to the Labor Day Weekend.

Halsey also said the “buildings would be open on Friday.”

Board members also approved the placement of nine buses on the May 19 ballot.

This includes eight 66-passenger buses and one wheelchair bus.

The principal amount would be $999,500.

The board also faced a crowded “Personnel” agenda.

Jennifer Stanton was named as the Assistant Director of Special Programs and will commence duties for the $62,500 position on April 13.

Elementary teacher Caitlin Carroll was granted a leave of absence from February 23 – April 30.

Kyle Boeckmann was named as the modified head baseball coach.

Approval was also granted for the appointment of in-service instructions district wide and after school homework supervisors for Frederick Leighton Elementary School and Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.

In the area of support staff, computer aide Doretta Vincent was granted a leave of absence.

Probationary appointments included Education Center typist Christine Babcock, school bus driver Randi Hillman and food service temporary helper Catherine Hook.

Mark McLaughlin was appointed as a provisional part-time school security officer.

Board member Michael McLaughlin abstained from the vote on this appointment.

“Finance” contained several resolutions.

Approval was granted for the transfer of $5,073 to reallocate money for tuition payments for Oswego students attending school in other districts.

A transfer of $1,460 was approved for the cost of a washer and dryer for the Charles E. Riley nurse’s office and a $1,800 transfer was OK’d to cover cost associated with replacing necessary track and field equipment.

The transfer of $4,700 was approved to purchase testing materials for all schools.

A contract in the amount of $254,870 was unanimously approved for W.D. Malone Trucking and Excavating of Hannibal for Phase 4 Site Construction Contract for the reconstruction of the Oswego Middle School tennis courts.

Also approved was a $3,500 contract with Harbridge Consulting Group to determine whether the retiree health care prescription drug benefits are actuarially equivalent to the Medicare Part B benefits.

The Helen Pfaff Memorial Scholarship was approved as was the acceptance of a grant from Target in the amount of $700 for a Frederick Leighton field trip.

Target also donated $90.78 to Take Charge at Oswego High School.

A pair of service agreements between the district the OCM BOCES were approved relating to high-speed communication services with a three-year term in the amount of $59,493 annually and a five-year   $119,658 annually.