Oswego School Board Tackles Lengthy Agenda

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Board of Education met Tuesday to face a large agenda.

Prior to the action on business Superintendent of  Schools Bill Crist and the board members recognized retiring elementary teachers Mary Ann Bullard and Rosemary Ingersoll.

The board also expressed appreciation to Superintendent of Schools Crist for his lengthy service to the students and community.

Prior to serving as superintendent Crist was the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, the Vice-Principal of the Oswego Middle School and music teacher.

The plan for the expansion of The Big Picture School was addressed as the board accepted to enter a lease agreement with Northeast Sports Source Inc. on County Route 57.

The lease and involvement between the parties will be submitted for consideration to the Supreme Court and the New York State Department of Education as the property is owned by Board of Education President John Dunsmoor.

For the district to use the facility it will need permission from both the Supreme Court and the Department of Education.

During the meeting the board also approved the creation of the Buccaneer Junior/Senior High School which will follow the Big Picture school model.

Currently the school provides academics for students in seventh, eighth and ninth grades, but eventually it will allow for education through grad twelve.

In regular action the board approved the creation of Friend to Friend Club at the Oswego Middle School as well as a Technology Student Association Learning to Live in a Technical World Club.

Approval was also given for Dr. Brooks Gump of Syracuse University to conduct research regarding discrimination that students experience.

Under the “Personnel” area of the agenda resignations of math teacher Jennifer Dean and Library Media Specialist Steven Nabinger were accepted while leaves of absences were approved for Tonya Gordon, David Gryczka, Joan Dain, Kathy Vandermark and Jennifer Putrelo.

Inservice instructors for the upcoming school year were approved as were extra compensatory positions as the Oswego Middle School, Fitzhugh Park, Kingsford Park, Minetto, Charles E. Riley and Frederick Leighton Elementary Schools.

Probationary appointments were approved for custodial worker Christopher Ciarla and part time school bus attendant Marcia Alvarado.

Custodian Theresa Verdoliva was also approved for permanent appointment.

Temporary employees approved included account clerk typist Janine Regan and computer aide Ward Andres.

Approval was also given to post for vacancies for two reading positions.

Under finance the board continued its agreement for continuing education with BOCES, approved School Scheduling Associates to work with the schools on student scheduling, accepted donations from the Oswego County Library System and Dynegy for $200 and $250 respectively.

Also the board accepted the contract for the capital project that was approved in 2012.

The contract was agreed upon between the district and Campus Construction Management Group in the amount of $778,000.

The board also graciously accepted the establishment of the William Mahon Memorial Scholarship.

Committee meetings of the Board of Education are scheduled for June 4 at the Education Center Board Room beginning at 5 p.m.