OSWEGO, NY – In a brief reorganizational meeting Tuesday morning (July 1), the Oswego school board appointed a new slate of officers for the 2014-2015 school year.
Kathleen Allen, the board’s president for the 2013-2014 academic year, was re-appointed president for the coming school year.
Lynda Sereno was named board vice president. Sam Tripp held the post in the 2013-14 school year.
Prior to the meeting, Sam Tripp, Mike McLaughlin and newcomer Brian Haessig took the oath of office as board members.
Dr. Dean Goewey was approved as the district’s new assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, replacing the retired Cathy Chamberlain.
Dr. Goewey is currently principal of Minetto Elementary School. He will continue in that position in an interim role until a new principal is named.
At the start of the search process, Superintendent Ben Halsey reviewed all the applications that were submitted and selected 15 of the 28 to conduct a pre-screening interview. Twelve accepted the offer, he noted.
That was turned into six semi-finalists. They were interviewed by a subcommittee of various administrators.
“We were looking for two or three finalists with the idea they’d come before the board of education and myself for a final interview,” Halsey said. “Through that process, it was determined that we had two finalists. Those two individuals met with the board of education and were interviewed at length.”
Dr. Goewey was the superintendent’s recommendation to the board.
“It’s not always a given when you have an internal candidate. It has to be someone who has a wealth of knowledge, experience and a vision for our curriculum and our kids,” Halsey said. “He was helped with that he had some experience with the district; he is extremely well-educated and also experienced in literacy. When you put that all together, he was our best choice.”
The business administrator, director personnel and the assistant superintendent positions are all under individual contracts.
“They are all in a state of flux right now. We are negotiating a unified agreement for all three; and I didn’t want to isolate one over the others while we’re trying to get things done,” Halsey added. “What we did today was approve Dean so he now has the authority to start work today under that title. We will, in the next meeting or two, have a settlement for all three of those individuals.”
Dr. Goewey is only earning his principal’s salary until a new deal is reached.
The new board then acted on various housekeeping items for the upcoming school year among which were appointments of:
Architect of Records –King & King, P.C.
Clerk of the Board of Education and School District Clerk – William Foley
District Treasurer – John Edwards
Deputy District Treasurer – Joyce Galletta
Health Insurance Consultant Services – Benefit Consulting Group
Internal Auditor – Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC
Reserve Internal Claims Auditor – Michael Riley
Records Retention and Disposition Officer – William Foley
Records Access Officer – William Foley
School District Purchasing Agent – Nancy Squairs
Tax Collector – Joyce Galletta
Medicaid Compliance Office – Nancy Squairs
Official Bank Depositories – J. P. Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank, Key Bank, Citizens Bank, HSBC and NBT.
Official District Newspapers – Syracuse Newspapers and Oswego Palladium Times
Official Media Website – Oswego County Today.com
Title 9 Compliance Officer – Peter Myles