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September 18, 2018

White Returns As Oswego School Board President


OSWEGO, NY – Dave White returned to the president’s seat Tuesday night as the Oswego School Board held its annual reorganizational meeting.

Newly elected president Dave White, right, and VP John Dunsmoor listen to discussion at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

Newly elected president Dave White, right, and VP John Dunsmoor listen to discussion at Tuesday night's school board meeting.

Jim Tschudy nominated Sam Tripp for re-election. Tripp declined the nomination.

John Dunsmoor nominated White and Fran Hoefer seconded the nomination.

Tripp nominated Dunsmoor for vice president and Hoefer seconded the nomination.

Both were approved unanimously.

The oath of office was administered to Tschudy, Kathleen Allen and student representative Hayley Lukaczyk.

The board handled the brief reorganization agenda in about 35 minutes.

New school board member Kathleen Allen, left, and student representative Hayley Lukaczyk take the oath of office.

New school board member Kathleen Allen, left, and student representative Hayley Lukaczyk take the oath of office.

Among the resolutions approved were:

Official District Newspapers – Syracuse Newspapers and Oswego County Weeklies; Official Media Website – Oswego County Today.com; Official Bank Depositories – J. P. Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank, Key Bank, Citizens Bank, HSBC Bank and Alliance Bank; and various personnel appointments for the coming school year.

A board attorney wasn’t named. At the end of the regular meeting, it was noted that the district will send out requests for proposals for legal counsel.

During the regular meeting that followed, the board discussed the possibility of redistricting – reconfiguration and board goals for the coming school year.

The board wants guidelines in place for minimum and maximum class sizes. For elementary, the minimum for grades K-2 is 20 with a maximum of 22. For grades 3-6, it is 23 – 25.

To make this a reality, it is necessary to redistribute those students who live on the fringes of attendance and transportation zones, according to Bill Crist, superintendent.

The district has sent out requests for proposals (to four different consulting firms) to help determine which option would be best for the district, Crist told the board.

Returning school board member Jim Tschudy is sworn in for a new term.

Returning school board member Jim Tschudy is sworn in for a new term.

“We have received a response from one. We’d like to complete this work prior to our budget cycle beginning,” he said. “We would like to get things concluded some time in mid to late November or early December at the latest to help us prepare for the budget.”

The district has recently identified two other consultants “that we will be having some discussion with,” the superintendent added.

Crist encouraged the board to continue with the goals they are currently operating under – Identifying and implementing elements of highly effective instruction, implementing strategies to increase graduation rates and creating and maintaining an engaging, safe and motivating environment that will promote connections with all students.

He also listed six long-range goals for the district.

  • Providing Pre-K opportunities for all 4-year-old district residents
  • All students will demonstrate skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for success after graduation
  • Obtain community support, increase involvement and satisfaction with our educational programs
  • Create and maintain a learning environment that is optimal for personal and academic success
  • All staff will demonstrate engagement in continued learning
  • All district priorities will support fiscally responsible budgets.

The possibility of redistricting – reconfiguring and the negotiations with Nine Mile I and II next year should also be priorities for the board, he added.

“Each year we sit here and look at goals. Does anyone ever look at how we did with these goals? Did we achieve any of these? Did we come close?” Tripp asked.

“Part of that would be seeing how I do as well, as the CEO of the district; to see if we made progress or if we made improvements in any of these areas,” Crist said.

“Yes Sam, did we meet these goals, and do we strive to improve on them? Yes we do. Can we do a better job? Yes, I think we can do a better job of that,” the superintendent continued.

“Are we saying as a board that we’re going to close a school?” Dunsmoor asked.

No, the superintendent responded.

Dunsmoor noted that the board should determine whether it will close a school before spending money on a consultant to research the matter.

“Probably, with a new board in place tonight, we should maybe set our very next meeting to at least vote for a direction,” he said. “Kathy hasn’t had a say in this yet. She needs time to think about it; we all do, people change their minds.”

He doesn’t support closing a school, he reiterated.

“I think we should look at all the options,” White said. “If the majority (of the board) doesn’t want to close a school, we don’t close a school. But I think we should look at all the options. If we’re going to put this out there, we’re going to have to put everything on the table. If four (board members) don’t want to close a school, we’re not closing a school.”

The board shouldn’t eliminate anything until it sees what the consultant has to say, White said.

“And then, we can eliminate what we want,” he added.

Hoefer pointed out that the district “is spending millions on buildings we might close.”

“We need to decide what we’re going to do on this issue,” he said. “We have to decide what to do once and for all – soon.”

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2 Responses “White Returns As Oswego School Board President”

  1. Amanda
    July 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Looks like Hoefer & Dunsmoor struck a deal w/ Dave White — feeding his ego by making him board President and in return he joins their voting bloc. Hopefully that is the case so that the 3 OCTA darlings on the board can be outvoted 4-3.

    They were supposed to have an item on this agenda to cut 3 administrators. What happened to that? Nobody in Oswego supports the do-nothing administration of the OCSD, they need to be cut ASAP.

  2. July 11, 2010 at 12:01 am

    What a bunch of bozos, especially Bozo White. I’s always the same old thing in Oswego….talk, talk, talk but nothing ever actually gets done. No wonder why . OCSD is the butt of all jokes Really, what a bunch of bozos!

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