Relatively Quiet Night for Oswego City School District Board of Education

OSWEGO, NY – The September 24 meeting of the Oswego City School District Board of Education was relatively routine.

An executive session commenced the evening for the board where discussion centered on a variety of matters including specific employees, negotiations and discipline matters.

The board returned to public session at 6:14 p.m. and 20 minutes later the meeting was adjourned.

Prior to the beginning of the public portion of the meeting the board conducted  a moment of silence for district employees who have recently passed away. A moment of silence was held in memory of  bus attendant Deborah Jean Baum, bus driver Don Scharf and teacher Sandra Mincher.

A brief “floor for the public” was conducted as Sonya Burnett addressed the board. The parent, who is involved with The BUC Senior-Junior High School, invited the board members and administration to the annual school harvest dinner.

In turning to the regular agenda the board acted quickly upon all of the resolutions.

Committee appointments for the 2013-2014 school year were approved by the board members. The Curriculum Committee includes Heather DelConte and Lynda Sereno while the Personnel Committee is comprised of Kathleen Allan, Thomas DeCastro and Lynda Sereno. The Finance Committee remains John Dunsmoor, Samuel Tripp and Allen while the Policy Committee is made up of DelConte and Sereno. Members of the Facilities Committee for the current year are Michael McLaughlin, DeCastro and Tripp.

The board also approved membership in the Rural Schools Association for this year.

Under the “Personnel” portion of the agenda the board approved the posting of two positions-an elementary teacher for the Kingsford Park Elementary School and a part-time library clerk for the Oswego High School.

The board also accepted the retirement of custodian Linda O’Donnell and modified the retirement resolution for Christine Sharkey to allow her retirement to become effective on September 1.

The resignation of elementary teacher Wendy Ballard was accepted while Kevin Meaker was approved as a teaching assistant at Charles E. Riley Elementary School.  The board also accepted the resignations of teacher aide Lisa DiRaddo and library clerk Theresa Emond.  A leave of absence was also granted for school bus driver Susan Reifinger.

Approval was also given for the re-establishment of the head automotive mechanic position. Geoffrey Marsh was named the head automotive mechanic and in another appointment Michele Carter was approved as an account clerk-typist.

In-service instructors were approved as was Nicole Cleary as the varsity cheerleading head coach.

There were only two resolutions in the “Finance” area as Oswego Elk’s #271 once again donated dictionaries for all third graders and the Oswego Rotary continued its program of providing a free thesaurus to all fourth graders.

Interim Superintendent Gary Mix conducted a brief “Superintendent’s Report” as he introduced Oswego High School student representative Kara Weiss who, as Student Council President, coordinated a brochure which explained the extracurricular activities at the Oswego High School. She also spoke about educational course offerings which provided with college earning and experience gaining opportunities.

Transportation Supervisor Bill Myer talked to the board about a propane powered bus that is in the district for the remainder of the week. He noted it was $5,000 to $6,000 more expensive than a diesel powered bus, but the eventual savings in fuel costs were considerable. He invited board members to stop and visit the Transportation Center to view or possibly take a ride in the propane powered vehicle.

The next meeting of the Oswego City School District Board of Education is scheduled for October 8 at Oswego Middle School with the committee meeting commencing at 5 p.m.