Oswego School Board Discusses BUC School, Vacant Board Seat and Much More

The Oswego City School District Board of Education faced a busy agenda during the regularly scheduled August 13 meeting.

The board members were told by Interim Superintendent of Schools Gary Mix that The BUC Junior-Senior High School would be shifted to the Education Center for the upcoming school year.  With the increase in enrollment to 60 students the move was necessary to accommodate all students in the best learning environment.

Meanwhile, the board also discussed the seat left vacant by the resignation of James Tschudy. It was decided that anyone interested in applying for a position on the board should submit a letter of interest and resume to District Clerk Bill Foley by August 27.

Another vacancy discussed was the business administrator position that has been vacant since July 1. Superintendent Mix indicated that interviews would be conducted by a district committee on August 21-22. The desire is to being a suitable candidate to the board on August 27.

The board voted on several resolutions. In the area of “Board of Education” approval was given for the final contractual calculation for former Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist and to amend the contract of Gary Mix. He was originally scheduled to receive $3,000 per week starting in September, but he needed to be available more during the summer.

In the area of “Personnel” the board approved vacancy postings for coaching positions, an account clerk typist at Transportation, a custodian and a teaching assistant at the Charles E. Riley Elementary School.

The board recognized Marene Hogan for her 30 years of service to the school district and also accepted the resignations for the purpose of retirement for bus driver Christine Sharkey and teacher aide Gail Iosue.

Leaves of absence were granted for cheerleading varsity head coach Tiffany Conzone and special education teacher Amie Shutts through early November.

Probationary appointments were made for Minetto elementary school teachers Stephanie Rice, Stephanie Battista and Kelsey Donovan. The play therapist position appointment of Megan Zerrahn was tabled.

The board also approved Committee on Special and Pre-School Education members Sara Adydan, Noel Kaplewicz and Susan Traub for August of 2013 at an hour rate. Kathy Auyer was provided an hourly stipend to serve as a court subpoenaed witness during the summer months on an as needed basis.  Coaching appointments included Eric Sherman as varsity assistant football coach, Michael Howard Jr.  as jayvee assistant football coach and Michelle Bateman as girls jayvee soccer head coach.

Oswego High School club advisors were also approved as Alison Anderson will be responsible for the OHS Sailing Club and Matthew Bok the First Robotics Club.

In the area of “support staff” the resignations of teacher aide Karen Lloyd and bus driver Kelly Stauring were accepted.

Probationary appointments included custodial workers Kathleen Bray, Sarah Shoults and Mei Bookman. Ward Andres was approved as a temporary computer aide and the board approved a variety of temporary and substitute employees for the upcoming school year.

Under “Finance” budgetary transfer of funds were approved to pay for services rendered for the OHS Marching Band musical arrangements, to reallocate money for the Special Education Department and to purchase a multi-stander for Fitzhugh Park Elementary School.

The board also accepted a Library Grant Award for Deborah McHugh and Molly Clark and approved an agreement with Baker Consultants for professional development in the literacy area.

Approval was also granted for the purchase of two textbooks for the Oswego High School French 4 Honors course.

With the shifting of The BUC School to the Education Center the Board of Education will meet at the Oswego High School Media Center (formerly the library).

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Oswego City School District Board of Education will be August 27 with the call to order scheduled for 5 p.m.